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How to (Successfully!) Negotiate Working Remotely With Your Boss

How to (Successfully!) Negotiate Working Remotely With Your Boss

If you're job hunting and dreaming about a role that won't have you tethered to the same desk every single day, it might be worth negotiating the opportunity to work remotely. While some modern workplaces are moving towards offering flexible arrangements for their employees, it's the dream of many millennials to dial in from any destination that you can carry a laptop. To find out how to negotiate working remotely successfully when you land a new job—and be limited only by destinations that have a decent wifi connection—career management coach and author Jane Jackson dished out three key pieces of advice. Keep scrolling! 

Investigate whether the company is open to employees working remotely.

During the interview process, if the option to work remotely is important to you, you should bring up this possibility before you get to the negotiation stage so your potential employer knows this is important to you. Good questions to ask would be, “Are there staff members who work remotely?” to give you an idea if there is a precedent and also, “How does this organisation use technology to support their employees?” There are more and more organisations that offer flexible working arrangements as an incentive whether it is part time work, flexible working hours and the option to work from home on certain days of the week.

Research the company's use of technology.

The signs would be their use of technology. Also you should speak with your network of connections who may know others who have worked at that organisation or currently are there. They will be able to give you an idea as to whether this could be an option or not.

Broach the topic towards the end of the interview process

Once you’ve interviewed strongly and know that you are one of the top contenders for the role, that is the best time to enquire about flexible work arrangements and if this is open for discussion. It is better to ask for this after you’ve demonstrated your capability and also, if you have worked remotely in the past, provide solid examples of how well this has worked for both the organisation and for you. Many employers realise the importance of finding out what motivates their staff members. If you are able to prove that you are highly productive when working remotely by providing solid examples of success that will put you in a stronger position to negotiate flexible work arrangements. Some people work better when they have this flexibility whereas others are not able to discipline themselves to focus on work when outside of the office environment.

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