As a working mom of two kids under three years old one of my biggest challenges is balancing work and home life.
The cooking, the cleaning, the laundry and immense other chores that come with balancing a household can become a lot when you’re also balancing spreadsheets at work, going to meetings and trying to stay on top of a mountain of piling emails.
One of the most valuable things I’ve found is that having the ability to work a full day at home can contribute significantly to work productivity and also to home sanity as well.
Now I know there are some jobs that require you to be in front of customers 100% of the time. So take for instance going to a doctor’s office and not having a doctor there to talk to about your symptoms. A-W-K-W-A-R-D.
On the other hand, there are tons of jobs which don’t require you to physically interface with others in order to get the job done.
If you’re in one of these types of jobs and you find yourself having to balance your work and home life on a daily basis these creative reasons can help you in solidifying your case to work from home.
The Commute & The Environment
One of the most effective ways to ask your boss to work from home is by drawing on the benefits to the environment from you working at home. If you work for a clean and green company, especially one which is concerned about it’s role in keeping our environment pollution free, you may have a very easy case.
You can begin by explaining how you working from home can contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions from car. You working from home = one less car on the road. According to the Huffington Post, the average US driver spends over $2000 a year on gas.
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A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year (Epa.gov). Just by convincing your boss to let you work from home, you’re actually helping to save the planet.
Mental and Physical Well Being
With all talk on mental health, one of the most effective ways to get your boss to allow you to handle your work from a remote location is by explaining how being in a space outside of your office or cubicle can promote to your mental wellness.
Being at home is not only comforting, but also gives a feeling of physical safety to employees with anxiety and fears of being in social situations.
It can be extremely positive to be able to work in their own space. Not to mention the peace of mind and calm that comes from not having to go through a long commute to and from work.
Monetary Benefits For The Company
By not being in the office space, you’re also saving the company hundreds a year by not utilizing all of it’s resources such a power, water and even sanitation services. You can use this as an awesome financial argument towards working from home.
It’s a fact that employees who work from home work longer and harder. I know for me personally, when I’m in the comfort of my home, I tend to use the time I would be driving to work as the time to start up my computer and begin work.
I use that extra driving time to work on reports, organize my work for the day, and schedule appointments.
By the time I would be arriving at work, I have already accomplished a ton load of tasks. To add to it, I’m also better able to take on every task that comes my way during the day, again because I have already prioritized my workload early on in the day.
I stay logged on longer, because I know I don’t have to worry about the drive home.
You can use these to explain your case to your boss, especially if you have a long daily commute.
At work you’re constantly facing distractions. Every minute of the day you stop to talk to coworkers or move from one place to another within the office, takes away from your ability to do your work.
Explaining to your boss the need for isolated time in which you can get a specific project done and delivering on the project before the due date, is a smart way to convince your boss for more work from home time.
Working form home is a great way to showcase your independence as an employee.
Although you’ll work longer and harder when you work from home, the mental and emotional wellness that come as a result of working from home are well worth it.
It’s a great way to break away from micromanaging and get things done without distractions. Plus, as a working mom, you feel like a SUPERHERO, knowing that you can use your “work breaks”, to accomplish household tasks.
Have you ever wanted to work from home? How were you able to convince your boss to let you do it?
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