NEW YORK-Telecommuting is all the rage, but that doesn’t mean that your boss is necessarily buying into it. Lisa Quast, a contributor to Forbes magazine, is offering some tips for convincing your boss to let you telecommute.

I found this intriguing. With virtual offices on the rise, it stands to reason that more employees are going to have friends who are telecommuting. They see the benefits their virtual office using friends enjoy, like saving gas money, driving more productivity, and getting home a little earlier from work.

So how do you convince your boss to let you work from a virtual office? How do you even bring up the topic and justify your case? You can get some great tips from Lisa in her article. I’ve summarized the points here:

  • Take the time to understand how your manager feels about telecommuting in general

  • Conduct research to determine if any other employees telecommute and how they went about getting it approved – learn from their experience!

  • Build a solid case for why telecommuting will work and include the specific details on how you will ensure it will work

  • Use only professionally linked reasons for why you want to telecommute

  • Ensure you address all sides of the telecommuting situation, including the hot points of your boss

  • Recommend a trial period to ensure your manager (and you) are comfortable with the arrangement

  • Do you have advice based on personal experiences with telecommuting that I haven’t listed? Share them below in the “Comments” section.

  • Build a solid case for why telecommuting will work and include the specific details on how you will ensure it will work

  • Use only professionally linked reasons for why you want to telecommute

  • Ensure you address all sides of the telecommuting situation, including the hot points of your boss

  • Recommend a trial period to ensure your manager (and you) are comfortable with the arrangement


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