These days, more and more employees are working from home on a regular basis. In fact, Global Workplace Analytics says that about 2.8% of the total workforce work from home at least half time. Nearly all U.S. workers say they’d like to work from home at least part-time, and about half the workforce say they could work remotely at least some of the time.
But what if you’re not one the lucky ones who stumbles into a job that already allows working from home, whether sometimes or on a regular basis? In this case, you might need to convince your boss that working from home is a good idea.
And, in fact, working from home is a good idea, much of the time. It can actually save you money, and it can reduce your overall stress level. And if you’re like many people, you might actually get more done in less time when you’re working from home.
But those arguments, especially the ones that are mostly beneficial to your personal life, may not be enough to convince your boss to let you work from home. Here are four more convincing arguments to try.
How To Convince Your Boss You Should Work From Home
#1. Better Productivity
Working from home isn’t a good fit for all jobs, but for some types, studies show that working from home actually increases productivity. This is due to fewer interruptions and in many cases, less distractions. Plus you won’t be pulled into a meeting you have no business being in simply because the boss saw you on his way in.
#2. Reduced Overhead Costs
Outfitting an employee with an office or even cubicle comes with overhead costs. Not to mention all that water you flush down the toilet on bathroom breaks! In fact, many large employers started moving employees to work from home positions specifically to reduce overhead costs. Of course, you’ll be taking on some of those costs by working from home — increased electricity and water usage can eat into your savings on commuting. Luckily though, you might be able to write some of this off on your taxes.
#3. Fewer Sick Days
Having the ability to work from home often curbs the number of sick days you take. You might not drag yourself into the office when you’re feeling under the weather, but you may opt to work as normal from your comfortable couch. Your fellow employees will appreciate fewer germs, anyway.
#4. At-Home Workers Are Happier (& Stay Longer)
If working from home is really important to you, and if you’re in a field where it’s common, you may be more likely to stay in your job for the long term if you are allowed some flexibility to work from home. You don’t necessarily need to tell your boss this, but you can show that employees who work from home are happier in their jobs.