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1. Do your research and review your job – what can be done from home, what are the potential benefits and downsides
Seek out other people at your work who work from home – what advice do they have?
2. Approach your manager, canvass the idea, find out what flexible work policies exist and ask for input
3. Prepare a business plan:
establish what you can do at home and what you will need to reorganise to make it possible (eg: equipment)
consider the positives and negatives for you and your employer and come up with solutions to limit the downsides
consider ways that your manager can manage you remotely and how you will report to them so they are comfortable that you will still get the required results.
4. Allow your employer to digest your plan and then perhaps agree to a trial
5. Review on how its working and make adjustments
 
     
  Positives for employers
 
 
Good way to help employees balance work with lifestyle needs which increases likeliness that they will stay – mums@work clients often say that the ability to work from home is the most appealing aspect of their job and won’t leave for fear it won’t be accommodated elsewhere.
Allows employee to work smarter not harder – It can allow the employee to be more productive eg: avoiding along commute. Some components of a job are actually performed better at home. It's about being smart about which elements are better done at home, for example, report writing, organising the to-do list for the day, checking emails in the morning and avoiding the morning traffic.
Take advantage of hot desking practice, employer can reduce they office space costs as people share desks when others are working from home.
 
     
  Other ways businesses can be more flexible – What can you ask for?
 
 
Work from home arrangements don’t have to be formalised to work well – eg: allow employees to tap into working from home as required
  EG: Asking if it’s possible for you to leave work at 3pm to pick kids up from school in return then log on later and finish two hours later of report writing etc.
People who can combine work and lifestyle feel more connected with work
 
     
  Negatives  
 
Resentment from fellow employees may not understand arrangement and see it as a perk and resent the worker who works from home.
It can be isolating, they'll miss team contact and have no one to laugh with or problem solve with.
When work and home start to mergedistracting chores etc
 

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