How To Turn Your Job Into A Telecommute

Claire Bush

Working from home makes sense for more workers as the cost of gas continues to rise. Telecommuting, whether for a few days a week or a month or even full time, is an option for many office jobs that your firm may consider if it's presented in the right light. Here's how to turn your gig into a stay at home position.

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Before you approach your boss, inquire at your company's human resource office about an existing telecommuting policy. If no official policy is in place, check with co-workers or those in other departments to find others who are working from home.

If you haven't already done so, set up a home office with computer, internet connection, telephone and fax, or draw up plans including cost and timeframe, to do so.

Lay the groundwork for a discussion by preparing a written recap of how much money and time you spend commuting. Break it down into a daily, weekly and monthly amount. Advertise the potential benefits to your employer by listing how this time and money will be better invested in your productivity at home. Don't forget to emphasize the quality of life factor. Less stress due to fewer hours in traffic will make you a more efficient and happier employee.

Suggest a "wait and see" period of 30 to 90 days, or test the water by telecommuting one or two days a week. Offer to check in by phone, email or conference call at regularly scheduled intervals.

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