Posted September 28, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Pros and Cons of Remote Work
To convince your boss to continue offering remote work, you have to be honest about the pros—and the cons. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! Employers across America are rejoicing as they’re finally starting to bring their workforce back to the office. And while many workers are also excited for in-person collaboration once more, there’s others who really, really enjoy that work-from-home life.
These employees are gearing up to have a conversation with their boss about continuing to work from home, even for just part of the time. If this is you, the first step is evaluating both the benefits of working remotely, as well as the disadvantages.
You need to create a list of the pros and the cons, and not just for you but also for your employer. First, brainstorm how working remotely benefits you, but then expand that thought to see the benefits from the employer’s perspective.
Maybe working from home, you can spend more time working because you don’t have to commute. Maybe you’ve found a way to streamline video meetings so everyone can be more productive. Maybe remote work cuts down on sick days because people can still work while they (or their kids) recover from a minor bug. And the list goes on and on.
But don’t stop there. You also need to be honest with yourself and your employer about any potential downsides to working from home. When you present these cons, it’s a good idea to also share possible strategies to alleviate them. Don’t try to downplay or ignore any challenges that come with working from home. Your case is stronger when it covers all the bases.
Tomorrow: what have been your biggest wins while working from home? We’ll talk more about how to position these wins for maximum impact on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then!