How To Work From Home

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Ask­ing the boss to let you work from home one day a week is a chal­lenge be­cause it sounds, to man­age­ment’s ears, a lot like, ‘I’d like to slack off.’ But ca­reers ex­pert Cather­ine Southam says it’s some­thing em­ploy­ers are now in­creas­ingly will­ing to con­sider. “The best time to ask for some­thing is af­ter you’ve been of­fered a job and be­fore you’ve ac­cepted it, that’s when you’re at your most pow­er­ful,” says Southam. “You have the least power when you’re be­ing in­ter­viewed, so don’t make a list of de­mands then.” An­other op­ti­mum op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss work­ing from home is at pay-re­view or bonus time – if the com­pany is say­ing it can’t af­ford to give you money, tell them you’re will­ing to take perks like this in­stead. And in the age of the in­for­ma­tion su­per­high­way, log­ging on from home isn’t that much of a chal­lenge. South says flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments are now com­mon, but you need to ar­gue a case us­ing num­bers, like point­ing out that you could work two hours longer if you didn’t have to com­mute. “You don’t just say, ‘I de­serve this’, you sup­port it with met­rics. If you’ve been tak­ing on more work, do­ing more hours, pro­duc­ing more for the com­pany, all that puts you in a good po­si­tion to ne­go­ti­ate.”

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