Has anyone ever asked their employer if they could work from home?

I want to work from home so I can stay with my kids. Some people in my office work from home occasionally. The technology is available for my company to give me remote access and it would be possible for me to do everything I do at the office at home. I may have to come in once and a while to drop off or pick up. Can you ask without them being upset and firing you? If I could ask in a way without them firing me it might be worth it because they might say yes. If they don't say yes though they may think I will try to quit soon so they will just fire me. They like me here and think highly of my ability and I think they will want me to stay around for a while. Also I have to use up my sick and vacation time often because of my children getting sick. Could that be a selling point to work from home for this company?

Asked By: latkg5778 - 7/31/2007
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What I did was write up a proposal and presented it to them. I found out the pro's for them (and yes, time off for kids out of school is one) as well as a few cons. I suggested that we gradually adjusted to working from home starting with 1 day a week and moving up to full time. I outlined recommended goals and... More
Answered By: halestrm - 7/31/2007
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If the opportunity is there go for it. But put some planning into ahead of time. Show them you've thought it through. Put together a mini proposal of what you're asking for with options for working from home full-time or even part-time. They might be more open to your idea if you've given them some options. Make sure... More
Answered By: jessygirl - 7/31/2007
Most companes will be good about it if you do not manage other people beacuse then you would have to be there to do that. It could be as easy as just mabey working from work onnce a week or once every two weeks.
Answered By: silentknfei - 7/31/2007
I think this feeling is catching up of late. In United Arab Emirates, in one of the emirates( Um Al Qawin), they passed a law allowing the women to work from home. so every woman is working from home and occasionally go to their respective office. so put up a proposal. If they accept it is OK .
Answered By: atom45 - 7/31/2007
First, figure out what makes you very useful to your company. Next, get really clear why you need to work from home. Lastly, be able to pre-answer the common concerns employers have... More
Answered By: Jay Hamilton-Roth - 7/31/2007
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