If you’ve wondered what it’s like to work from home (because you don’t already), you’re probably about to find out. In response to the coronavirus, many businesses are taking preventative measures and requiring some employees to work remotely from home.
This includes businesses that hadn’t previously embraced the idea of remote work. I have a lot of clients who currently work for such companies. And they come to me with hopes of either turning their current job into a remote work opportunity, or finding a new job that’s already remote.
Maybe you’re someone who has the same hopes. And maybe for the first time your company’s resorting to remote work, not by choice, but by force due to the virus.
If this is something you’d like to see your company continue after the coronavirus crisis, listen up! This is the perfect time to build a case for working remotely even after preventative measures have been lifted.
Building a case for working remotely beyond the coronavirus
You’ll want to use your temporary remote time to show how working remotely helps your company beyond just the current health benefits.
During this time, track every single positive impact on the company’s bottom line you notice. Examples of positive outcomes include:
- Reduction in errors.
- Financial savings for the company.
- More satisfied clients and customers.
- Increase in more qualified prospects.
- Increase in repeat sales from current customers.
- Time used more wisely.
- More efficiency and productivity.
Create a report reflecting these positive outcomes and present it to your boss once you return to the office.
Then, ask your boss for two additional weeks of working remotely to see if you can repeat what you’ve accomplished during your “quarantine.” If you can, he or she will find it hard to justify saying no to an indefinite continuation of your remote work schedule.
If your company won’t make a change after the coronavirus, you can
If your results don’t change your current employer’s policies, then you can always make a change. You can change jobs for a company that already embraces remote work on a regular basis.
In fact, this is probably a good long-term career move. Why? Because according to one article, companies who adopt remote work will replace companies who don’t.
Also, you can make a career change to one providing well-paying remote work opportunities. The top five highest-earning remote jobs are:
- Writing/Editing/Content strategy jobs (including copywriter, content manager, translator, and editor).
- Web/UI designer
- Social media marketing manager
- Data scientist
- Mobile/App/Blockchain/Web developer
There are numerous other opportunities. And I believe there will be even more in the near future. Eventually, companies will realize the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely due to the sheer force of what’s currently happening.
paNASH is here to help
If you need help either negotiating a possible remote opportunity with your current employer or finding something new, paNASH can help. This can include starting your own freelance or consulting business. I’ve helped several clients start their own thing, either full-time or as a side hustle. It has given them the opportunity to make their own schedule and their own rules.
I’ve even done it myself. I love working from home and other locations which gives me greater flexibility and work-life balance. I’ll probably never go back to any work that keeps me handcuffed to an office desk.
Once you get a taste for remote work, you likely won’t want to go back to a traditional work mode. And you don’t have to. You do have a say in the future of your career!
- Companies Who Adopt Remote Work Will Replace Every Company Who Doesn’t, by Chris Herd
- The Top Five Highest-Earning Remote Jobs, by Donald Fomby
- How to Go From Burned Out to Fired Up! by Lori Bumgarner