Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hey can I work from home?

Quick tip this week but one that I think is very important.  How to ask if you can work from home when interviewing for a job.   It’s a tough question, to be sure...but one that needs to be addressed.  Here’s why you can’t ignore it if it’s important:

- Some companies view working from home as a privilege, not a right.  So they expect you to earn that privilege by working hard and becoming a top performer.

- Many companies don’t allow working from home, end of conversation so bringing it up can save everyone a lot of time/energy buy withdrawing from the process before too long.

So, how do you deal with this?  Well, you start off by being up front.  If you are working from home currently or have a flexible work environment, mention it from the get go so people understand where you’re coming from.  If the company won’t give you the ability to work from home but you love the job...take it.  If not and it’s that important, then don’t.  Earth shattering advice, I know.  

One thing you absolutely can’t do is take the job and try to finagle your way into working from home.  If you want the ability to work from home you either have to get it as part of the deal or bust your tail and earn it.  No shortcuts here my friends.

4 comments:

  1. Perhaps lead in with asking more generally about work environment- maybe it will come up. Or else figuring out what platforms company uses and how much work can be done "in the cloud". <-- another topic altogether would like to hear thoughts on. Good blog.

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