Remote work arrangements have become increasingly popular thanks to advances in technology. Anyone with a laptop/tablet and an internet connection can work from almost anywhere. Your friends are working remotely, but how can you ask your employer to allow you to work remotely too?
Parenting OC Magazine asked Montage Legal Group, a virtual freelance attorney network, for advice on how to propose a remote work arrangement to an employer, and if there are any downsides to working remotely or from home. We’ve included an excerpt below.
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Q [Moms]: “I would love to shift my office work to a remote-home base so I can find better work/life balance while my kids are still little. How can propose this to my company? Is there any downside or thing I need to consider before making the shift?”
A: Remote and alternative work arrangements have gained significant popularity recently. Some companies have adopted a virtual model, working with remote employees all over the nation or the world. Rapidly advancing technology and virtual workspaces enable anyone with a phone, laptop, or iPad to work from almost anywhere. Despite all of the technical advances, some employers remain cautious about allowing employees to work remotely.
The most important factor before asking your company to create an alternative or flexible working arrangement is preparation. First, you need to prepare your proposal specifically, professionally, and in writing. Think about your ideal situation, but also think about how it will impact your employer and other employees. If you foresee any obstacles, then have solutions ready.
Consider asking for slightly less than your ideal at first so your company can adjust to a new arrangement slowly. For example, consider asking to start off working remotely 1-2 days per week rather than 5 days per week. Be prepared to be flexible about which day or days you will be in the office. While a set schedule may work best for some employers, other employers may appreciate willingness to alternate remote working days as needed.
Your proposal should include reasons why working remotely will benefit the company, not just how it will benefit you…Read More.
Laurie Rowen and Erin Giglia co-founded Montage Legal Group in 2009. Montage Legal is a network of freelance attorneys with impressive credentials from top law schools and training in prestigious firms, who work remotely for law firms seeking hourly legal assistance. www.montagelegal.com.