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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Requesting A Flexible Work Arrangement*
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Does my role allow for remote working?
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Most white collar jobs can be done remotely but some are location dependant. (perhaps you can work remotely on certain days and then perform location dependant tasks on other days)
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Why do I really want to work remotely?
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Are your intentions valid and sincere, do you want to truly increase productivity and design an optimal work-life balance for yourslef or do you just want to be able to have lunch with friends on Tuesdays?
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Why do I think I will be more productive and happier with X-Type working arrangement?
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Where do I think I would be most productive and why?
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Home office
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Co-working space
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Library
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Coffee Shops
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Other
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Am I equipped for the kind of working arrangement I want to trial?
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Example: Do you have a spare room at home to convert in to an office or a coffee shop in your area? (with high-speed wifi)
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Do you have a well operating laptop/desktop (With webcam)? Does your IT department have VPN/Security infrastructure to support out of office access for sensitive work materials.
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What may be some of the challenges of this preffered arrangement?
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Example: Kids coming home from school while working (distrubances)
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Am I self disciplined and good at time management?
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Remote working is largely a self managed affair, you need to be discplined and motivated enough to get out of bed in the morning even if you don't need to get to the office by 9.
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Friends who know that you work remotely may ask you to lunch or to a midday movie and you will need the discipline to decline if it intefers with the work you need to do.
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Below are some of the common challenges of working remotely to consider
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Lonlinessless / Isolation
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Distractions at home or friends due to your flexibility
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Collaborating and communicating with teammates.
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Staying motivated.
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Keeping work and home separate. (remote workers tend to work longer hours)
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Being away from the office may create distance between co-workers
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Managing your time effectively (being disciplined)
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Overworking due to unstructured schedule/location
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Feeling left out when office events are going on.
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How do I plan to overcome/address these challenges?
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How will I manage being away from colleagues and in-office meetings?
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Am I comfortable with a new way of working (digitally/virtually)?
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Will my manager be supportive?
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Will my colleagues would be supportive?
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What do I expect to be the biggest objections from my manager/HR?
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Take the time to read through the most common objections and know which tools and statistics can combat them.
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Responses to common objections to telecommuting
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The case for remote working
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When given an assignment at work, it is easier to carry out if:
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I receive an in person explanation and maybe physcial demonstration
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I can clearly understand via written communication (sometimes verbal or video calling will suffice)
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Things to consider:
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How important is working from home for you (what would you give up)
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I consider myself an excellent written communicator
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Are you okay with not receiving an immediate response?
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Are you typically most productive when working alone or with others?
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Do the tools you currently use support virtual working?
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Are you willing to do a ‘trial period’ to prove your remote working abilities? (if so think how long you would need to adapt to the new way of working)
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Are you comfortable with frequent video calls and do you have the right environment for them? (quiet, background, headset)
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If you are planning on travelling what are the time zone overlaps with your office based colleagues.
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How will you interact with clients / host on-site meetings etc.
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Are you the type of person who is able to be resourceful if you cannot get the help you need immediately.
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Do you have a social circle to depend on to keep you socially stimulated as you will not be physically around people as much anymore.
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Are you known to frequently perform check in's and updates with your team. (This is critical when working off-site)
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I communicate my thoughts through:
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My tone of voice
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My words (best for remote working)
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My appearance
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My feelings
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Which statement best describes you?
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I’m known to ‘over communicate’ at work so everyone is crystal clear on my points. (over communicating is seen as an important trait in remote workers)
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I give and understand instructions with very minimal words.
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Are you aware of any current flexible work policy in place at your organization?
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Perhaps there is an existing policy which others have taken advantage of but is not publicized internally.
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Are there others who want to work remotely?
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Chat to others in your organization who may have previously asked or form a collective group of workers who also want some form of flexibility which will strengthen your case.
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To better understand your suitability, complete this personality and sensory test:
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Personality
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Is Your Personality Suited To Working Remotely
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Sensory
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Sensory processing is the process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment, thus making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment
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Tip: Often time people with a higher sensory profile may be better working in a distraction free environment (home office), while a lower sensory profile may need some more regular form of sensory stimulation (coffee shop/co-working space)
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See application templates Here
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