Overcoming strong objections to remote work arrangements. Take small actions.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

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Are you spending your mornings and evenings stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, or crowded next to some stinky weirdo on public transit? Tired of constant distractions in the office like the high pitched laugh of the person across from you in the cubicle farm? Are you spending a couple hours on real work and the rest of the day looking busy reading and re-reading the same news, or even worse, stuck in endless dull meetings chewing the ends off your cheapo company pens? I thinkyou get the picture.

Do the recurring thoughts in your head include the following? “I want to work
remotely, I’m sick and tired of traffic, wasted time, expensive gasoline, Bobs
plaid sweater, Mary’s smoke and garlic breath….and the evil stare of that jerk

Just want to have better control over your time? Can you relate to all this?

Unfortunately the next thoughts that flow into your mind usually go something like this. “Where do I Begin?”, “What will my old school management style bosses say, what if they say no?” “How do I just get started? What do I do first?”

Are you stuck in the cycle of fear, and paralyzed with indecision, inaction, uncertainly, or plain old fear? Too frozen to take the next step? I’ve been there to. How do you break the logjam and move forward?

“Take action, starting with the smallest actions,
to move forward.”

So let’s assume the worst case scenario, your employer is completely unwilling to
allow even five minutes of remote work, and unabashedly resistant to the idea
that mankind was not predestined to sit in a swivel office chair for 8+ hours
per day 5+ days per week for 30+ years alternating stares between computer
monitor, telephone and gray cubicle wall. Maybe he or she has been burned
before. Who knows and who cares?

You care of course.

In this situation you need to start very small, even 1 or 2 hours working remote
as part of a morning or afternoon, and make yourself shine.  How do you get approval to do this? This is a classic example of asking forgiveness rather than permissions. Don’t get approval, give yourself approval and back it up with some personal emergency or other viable excuse.

When you get the call or email asking where the heck you are, explain its because
you don’t feel well, or you have someone coming to your home to fix something
or any other reason why you must be home that day, be creative.  Then step up your game and do it again, but
with 2-4 hours, then a full day.

How  do you get your employer to agree without getting pissed off and docking your pay?  Make it risk free.  Offer to use vacation  time if your employer’s expectations were not met, and then make it the most  productive work time of your life. I would even go so far as to purposely be less  productive the next few days back in the office.

At this stage you can expect possible continued resistance, so you need to rinse
and repeat.  Using various excuses,  follow the steps above once every 5 – 10 business days.  You need to chip away at resistance, one chip  at a time, until you have sculpted your masterpiece schedule.

More to come on legitimizing remote work…

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