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4 Tips to Negotiate Remote Work!

I always liked the idea of working from an office, dressing up, and engaging in conversation with people. What I never wanted was being tied down to a location. I enjoy change. When the pandemic happened, and most corporate employees were forced to work from home, suddenly, a world of possibilities opened up to all of us. Employees proved that they could work efficiently without having to be in an office location. In other words, the business world kept moving. Since the vaccines were made accessible, many of us must go back to the office, but we can't help but question WHY?

In our last episode of the Becoming Alpha Podcast, we discussed "Office Vs. Remote Work," and if you haven't tuned in, trust me, you want to! What's clear is - Office work is negotiable in this era!

Below are four tips I have gathered on how to negotiate remote work based on my long experience in Corporate America:

Make it a temporary request.

People don't like to feel like they are committing to something irreversible. That includes your manager. When you first propose to work from home, agree to a timeframe for a trial. You can assure your manager that you will be happy to revisit the conversation in X amount of time to evaluate how the arrangement is working for you and the company.

Make it about them!

Show your boss how much more productive and effective an employee you will be at work from home, which would benefit the whole company. Share research that proves individuals whose primary focus is planning perform effectively and at their best when there is no time or location constraint.

Use data to prove you can succeed.

Document your fluency and catalog the accomplishments you have achieved while working remotely. Data speaks louder than words, primarily if you work in a number-driven industry. Trust me! Your numbers can later be included as a report when that "revisit conversation" comes back up.

Accept to have multiple conversations.

One of the most important things to prepare for when discussing a work-from-anywhere plan is that you'll need to be patient. Company leadership is navigating this new terrain just like everyone else. While it's natural to want to emerge from lockdown with fully formed plans about how and where you'll work indefinitely, any current arrangements are subject to change as companies adapt to new working conditions.

Lastly, remember,

"A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have." - Tim Ferriss

Now go get them, Alpha! If you are still unsure how to navigate the conversation, don't hesitate to schedule a call with me!


Laura has a strong commitment to women's empowerment, health & wellness, diversity & inclusion. She is a mom, wife, and women's advocate. She also enjoys blogging about her travel adventures to over 35 countries and her journey through motherhood.

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