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Negotiation of home office

Anne Voigt Kjaer
Anne Voigt Kjaer

Working from home has become more and more normal since the pandemic. Now that some offices are requesting people back to their office spaces, it is getting clear for some employees that they strive in a home office. Or it may be when you get a new job that the job technically requires a move to be at the office, even though it is possible to work remotely with it. These are some of the factors that employees think about when considering working remotely. In fact according to a survey by Morning Consult, 87% of the respondents want the flexibility of remote working to continue. This proves that the traditional office ways have been broken. But how do you convince your boss that home office is the right thing for you?

Show the benefits

When having to persuade your boss to let you work remotely it is important to show them the benefits of your absence from the office. So, show the perspective so the employer sees it as a beneficial solution for the company too. Maybe have some research to back up your arguments. To see that there is actual logic behind the remote solution would possibly help your negotiation. Therefore, it is important that you demonstrate your productivity to actually prove that you will be beneficial in this arrangement.


When having to negotiate with your boss for remote work it is important to be prepared and have your thoughts gathered. To be extra prepared and to make sure that you remember all the points for your argument, write your proposal down. In this proposal you could also have counter arguments prepared for your boss’ concerns.

It takes time

This process of convincing the boss that working remotely is the better solution can be longer than you expect. Maybe start out with a trial period so your boss can see the benefits that you working remotely will give. Besides that it is important to remember that the home office is breaking the normal work traditions and not everyone is keen on that, so it may take more negotiation and flexibility. If you finally get the yes to work from home, then make sure that you get it in writing. This way you, and your boss, have the clear conditions for your agreement laid out for both parties.

Keep in mind

Though working from home sounds appealing to many, it is important to look at the downsides of it. Here you will be isolated from the social environment that is at a workplace. Furthermore, it may be demanded that you take a paycut, when you are not physically present at the workplace.

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