September 24, 2020

It’s the age of the pandemic, and you want to work from home. 

How do you bring that up to your boss? 

Although it’s true that every office has a different set of rules and culture…

…One man believes that asking to work from home can be achieved following a certain ‘recipe’. 

That man is Tim Ferriss, listed as an entrepreneur under Fortune’s “40 under 40”, early stage investor in Uber, Facebook and more as well as the #1 New York Times bestseller of the 4-Hour Workweek. 

ask your boss to work from home

And I’ve been obsessed with reading that for the past weeks. It’s a MASTERPIECE. 

I’m writing this to show you a different POV too. As a business owner, this is how I would want my own employees to show that they’re even qualified to work from home in the first place. 

1. Ask for a ‘trial’ period. 

Reading Tim’s book, he’ll straight up ask you to use a preplanned project or emergency to tell your boss about. 

This could be a family emergency, urgent house repairs and other stuff that needs you spending time away from the office. 

Now, you can go with this method if you’re working in corporate. 

Or a place that’s really not used to the idea of remote working, and might not be open to the idea of you just blurting it out like that. 

However, if you do work in a setting that’s already used to the concept, a more modern, independent spirit workplace–just go ahead and tell them the truth. 

Request for 2-weeks away from the office.

2. Make sure everyone knows you’re working. 

If you’re going with the first method, tell your boss that you’d still like to work during this ‘emergency’ period. 

Here’s a script to follow; 

“Hey Mrs. Boss! I know I’ll be off these next 2 weeks, but I still want to work instead of taking vacation days.” 

3. Give them a safety net. 

I manage a team of 20+ people right now. 

It sounds like a lot, but because I have THAT much trust in them, all 20 of them could come up to me and request to work from home…

…And I’ll serve it up to them ASAP. 

But not every single entrepreneur is going to have this mindset. And before you start remote working, you need to give your boss/manager a safety net. 

  • Tell them you’ll still be on call anytime during normal working hours.
  • Propose a pay cut (only for that period) if your performance is bad. 

The second one sounds a bit scary, but it’s a risk that could GREATLY increase your odds.

ask your boss to work from home

Why? 

This shows you’re dedicated to seeing this through. 

Like you’re not going to be one of those horror story employees that watch Netflix from 10AM-4PM and only boot up your work computer from 4PM-5PM. 

4. Let your boss collaborate on everything. 

I use ClickUp to manage my employees, look at their progress, keep an eye on what’s going on…

…So if your workday is also managed on a similar platform, make sure everyone knows you’re actively sending out documents, updating statuses, resolving last-minute tasks, etc. 

5. Kick some a***.

Exactly what that says. 

Over-deliver on the two weeks that you’re working from home.

Get three days worth of work done in a few hours, then solve next week’s to-do’s. 

Impossible? Not so much. 

Here’s some really fast tips from Tim Ferriss himself to get three days worth of work done in only 3 WORKING hours/day. 

6. Show your boss proof. 

No point getting all that work done without boasting a little bit, right? 😉

Prepare in bullet points the tasks, achievements and solid results you got accomplished in two weeks. 

With that, tell your boss (shout it from the rooftops!) how much work you managed to get done minus the distractions, travelling, etc. 

ask your boss to work from home

Now it’s time for the big bombshell! 

Suggest 2-3 days/week at home based on your results. 

7. SUCCESS! Continue your streak. 

If you managed to do Steps 1 through 6 the way Tim intended, you’re for sure going to land that sweet, sweeeet work from home time. 

I feel like it’s worth mentioning though, that Tim’s step-by-step process is aimed at getting every employee to work from home 100% of the time. Like, the full 5 days. 

He goes on to;

Step 8: After a certain period of time, suggest only 1-2 days in the office. 

Step 9: Make those the LEAST productive days in the office. 

Step 10; Bring up 100% remote working. 

This idea is cool if you’re really serious about doing everything at home. 

Personally though (and speaking from experience), 1-2 days in the office/week is the best. 

You can cherry pick and come on days where weekly big meetings/big events in the office are happening. 

This way, you’re not totally DISCONNECTED from the company’s culture and some impromptu discussions here and there. 

…And voila! Your boss is going to love it. 

Use this information wisely. 

Be a NINJA at getting things done. 

And you’re just this much closer to living a stress-free, laptop lifestyle (minus the four boring office walls). 

Need more tips to speed up your work from home process? 

Want to clock out EVEN faster and enjoy the time off with family and friends? 

Here’s X tips to Work From Home (Get Things Done Faster, Clock Out Earlier!)

About the author 

Reeve Yew

Reeve is the CEO and a Member of Forbes Business Council. He has spoken on stages, both online and offline, alongside world class entrepreneurs and marketers like Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Tracy, Kevin “Shark Tank” Harrington and Mark “Godfather of Internet Marketing” Joyner.

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