How to Negotiate a Remote Position With Your Boss

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Modern technology has connected us all in ways we’d never imagine. At a click of a button people from all around the world can join one another on video conference calls, group collaborations, and work together in real time as if they were in the same room.

The Power of Remote Connectivity

This technique is vital for businesses that utilize freelance contractors, but often overlooked for more traditional arrangements. Sometimes the only motivation your employer needs to consider such a role is a seed of inspiration—others an act of God. Lifewire has provided some really useful considerations for negotiating a remote role within your current organization.

  1. First make sure telecommuting is really for you. Working remotely is a dream for many, but it’s not for everyone. You probably already know the benefits of telecommuting, but make sure you also know the disadvantages and carefully consider all the factors that will make telecommuting either successful or not for you personally (such as your ability to focus without supervision, comfort with being isolated from the office, quality of home/remote working environment, etc.).
  2. Know and strengthen your negotiating position: Find out more about your company’s existing remote work policies and evaluate where you fit in as an employee in terms of being greatly valued and trusted. This information can strengthen your case for telecommuting.
  3. Arm yourself with research that proves the benefits of telecommuting arrangements for employers: Not too long ago, telecommuting was considered a perk, but today it’s a common work style that benefits both the employee and the employer. You can use positive research findings about telecommuting benefits for employers, such as telecommuters’ increased morale and productivity, to strengthen your proposal.

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