Getting your Employer to Let you Work Remotely

Getting your Employer to Let you Work Remotely

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Working out of a cafe in El Vendrell, Spain

I’ll admit, being a public relations consultant with clients spread out all over the U.S. makes it relatively easy for me to take a workation. Other than receiving emails in the middle of the night because of the time difference, I doubt most of them would even know I was working halfway around the world.

But for most people, working remotely is not that easy. My husband was a marketing director the first time we workationed, and he worked closely with his employer to make sure the team was comfortable with him leaving and that his responsibilities, meetings, etc. would happen as usual (he also had a really progressive boss who supported him). Now he’s in a different role at a different company, and was upfront with them during the interview process about our workation routine (once every 1-2 years). They still hired him.

Even if you have to have regularly human contact in your job, think about ways you could put that on hold for a few weeks or months:

  • Could you use video conferencing to meet with your teams and clients instead?
  • Does your job have a “slow season” that would make it easier for you to take off for a few weeks?
  • Does your company have an office elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad? If your work requires you to use specific company systems (human resources, for instance), could you work out of your company’s other location for a period of time?
  • Do you have contacts in your line of work that could job swap with you for a few weeks? Become an “exchange teacher” for example?
  • How can you provide value to your employer based on where you workation? Are there customers to meet with or colleagues to train or new business opportunities you could scout out?

These are just a few ideas I’ve brainstormed with friends. Tim Ferriss does a great job in the Four-Hour Work Week (“Step IV” section) of laying out specific language to use with your employer to convince her/him to let you work remotely. I’d recommend that resource if you need some more specific ideas.

I’d love to hear about your own experiences or ways that you’ve made your job mobile for a period of time.

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