How Can You Convince Your Boss to Make the Transition to Telecommuting?

How Can You Convince Your Boss to Make the Transition to Telecommuting?If you've always dreamed of foregoing a commute to the office and making the leap to telecommuting, productivity blog Work Awesome suggests making your boss cozy with the idea of you working from home by starting off small.

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As an employee, the appeal of telecommuting is undeniable, but a lot of workers aren't comfortable broaching the subject with their employers. Before you can ever consider bringing it up, Work Awesome points out the importance of establishing a significant degree of trust in your workplace.

Only you know your work situation best, but Work Awesome suggests to start the transition from office to telecommuting by starting off small and modest with your off-site work. The article suggests that perhaps the best route is start off by asking your boss if it's possible to be in the office one less day per week. This tactic allows you to prove yourself—that you can work from home without impacting your performance—and opens up the possibility for asking more days out of the office. (Once you're actually out of the office, consider dressing like you're going to the office to keep your mental focus sharp and stay focused at the task at hand.)

The fact is, there are plenty of ways to make this transition, and who better to offer advice than those who've successfully tackled it themselves. If you've made the transition from office to home, share how you pulled it off in the comments.

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