More and more businesses are opening up to the idea of allowing their employees to work from home. Not only can it save them money, but also, it can increase productivity, and decrease the time workers spend on mental health or sick days.
We asked our experts for their opinions and tips on how to approach your employer (or potential employer) with this option. We hope these tips help you on your WAH success journey!
Show that you are interested in the position for the right reasons. Working from home brings great benefits but it is still a job and should be treated with the same respect as you would if you were in the office. Show that you can be organised, meet your requirements and can stick to a schedule. Most work from home jobs allow for flexibility so if you want to get to the gym or take a yoga class you may be able to but you will have to make sure that work is always the primary focus over other activities.
Make sure you know the role for which you are interviewing, the name of the company at which you are interviewing and the name of the person interviewing you. A slip up on any one of these indicate to me that you are likely applying to several roles to just get a job instead of focusing on one key role that you truly want to have as your next career step.
1. Focus on deliverables rather than hours worked. Many employers hiring home-based workers couldn’t care less about the number of hours you clock; they care more about whether your job is done accurately and on time. Flexibility and a commitment to results will set you apart from the crowd.
2. Be prepared to discuss your work style and how you work best. Hiring managers want to know you can be trusted to get the job done without someone glaring over your shoulder
3. Clearly convey your why and how. Why do you want to work remotely, and how will you do your job (e.g. work space, technology, schedule, etc.)?
1. Get your technology in order: People recruiting for work-from-home jobs will always want people with reliable computers and internet connections.
2. Ensure you have a dedicated work space: A dedicated space shows professionalism and reduces employer worries about ergonomics and health and safety.
3. Be ready to reassure your interviewer that you’re ready for the home-working lifestyle. People recruiting for home workers will potentially prefer candidates who know what to expect, rather than those who are tying out home working for the first time. If this applies to you, make sure you prepare a good answer for any related questions.
1. Dress to impress -“When working from home, assuming you are not required to have webcam conversations with other businesses, you can generally wear what you like because nobody is going to see you. However, this should not be the case during the job interview. You wouldn’t turn up for an office-based job
interview wearing an old pair of sneakers, jeans and t-shirt, and it is just as important to make a professional first impression for a WAH job, too. Make sure you are smartly dressed, even if the initial conversation takes place over Skype.”
2. Be communicative-“Work at home jobs require a great deal of transparency – much more than an office job. This is because the boss can’t see what you are working on while working from home; for all they know, you could be sat in your living room watching TV while you are supposed to be working. For this reason, it is important to show that you are a good communicator. Any WAH job will
need the employee to be able to communicate with the rest of the team to ensure work is getting done properly; therefore, the earlier you can showcase your communication skills, the better.”
Note from Leslie:
I agree with many of the tips shared with our experts. I think the most important things to note are that 1) you need to be a worker worthy of the trust it takes to work from home, and 2) you need to focus on how your working at home will benefit the employer. Companies don’t care about your childcare hassles or other issues. But they would like to increase productivity, decrease wear and tear on resources, and save money. Focus on how your working at home will offer these perks to the employer, and you have a better chance of convincing the company to let you work from home.