Once you have written your telecommuting proposal, it is time to prepare for your presentation. Giving an oral presentation can greatly increase your chances of being allowed to telecommute as it lets you overcome objections.
Before your meeting, you will want to consider the likely objections. A company without a regular telecommuting policy may be highly resistant to allowing you to start. Have notes prepared as well as your written proposal.
Make sure your boss and anyone else at your presentation has a copy of the proposal, and use the proposal as the basis of your presentation.
As with your proposal, you will want to focus on the potential benefits to the company, not to you individually. If you've done your research you should be able to clearly express why someone in your position can effectively work at home and how the company will benefit. Discuss your contributions to the company and what makes you a valuable employee.
Many managers are not comfortable with allowing telecommuting and will come up with plenty of reasons why they will not allow it. This is where your research may pay off. Give your boss the data that shows it can work for someone in your position.
Here are some of the most common objections:
If the answer at the end is "no," consider your options. You might be able to find a way to work around the objections. You might be able to work for one of the companies that your research showed does allow people in your position to telecommute. You might try negotiating the trial period to see if you can even get your foot in that telecommuting door. You can also talk with coworkers and see if others want to try to get a telecommuting policy established. If it becomes clear that this is something wanted by many people in your office you have a better chance of changing the policy.
On the other hand, if your presentation succeeds and you get permission to telecommute, congratulations! It's time to prove yourself. Don't slack off on those days that you can telecommute. Work hard to meet the terms of your telecommuting agreement.
How to Propose Telecommuting
One of the tricks to getting started as a telecommuter is getting your boss to agree to let you telecommute even part of the time.
Your Telecommuting Proposal
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