Remote Work 101: How to Approach Your Boss About Working from Abroad
Posted on Thu 25 May 2023 · by Franki Iannaccone
Remote work has become a popular way of working in recent times. With the advent of technology, it has become possible to work from anywhere in the world, and people are taking advantage of this. In fact, many are now choosing to work from abroad, enjoying the benefits of traveling while still maintaining their work commitments.
If you’re thinking about working remotely from another country, one of the first things you need to consider is how to approach your boss about it. In this blog post, we'll discuss the steps you can take to approach your boss and convince them that you can still be productive while working remotely from abroad.
Step 1: Do Your Research
Before you approach your boss about working remotely from abroad, you need to do your research. This means finding out what the company's policies are on remote work, and if there are any guidelines on working from abroad. You also need to research the country you want to work from, including things like the time zone, internet connectivity, and any legal requirements for working there.
Step 2: Prepare a Plan
Once you’ve done your research, it's time to prepare a plan. This plan should outline how you plan to work remotely from abroad, including how you’ll communicate with your colleagues, how you’ll manage your time, and how you’ll ensure that you meet your deadlines. You should also include any potential challenges you might face and how you plan to overcome them.
Step 3: Schedule a Meeting with Your Boss
Once you have your plan ready, it's time to schedule a meeting with your boss. This meeting should be a chance for you to discuss your plan with your boss and answer any questions they might have. You should also be prepared to listen to any concerns your boss might have and address them.
Step 4: Emphasize the Benefits
When discussing your plan with your boss, it's important to emphasize the benefits of working remotely from abroad. These benefits include increased productivity, flexibility, and a better work-life balance. You can also highlight the fact that you’ll still be available during regular working hours and will be able to attend all meetings and respond to all emails promptly.
Step 5: Be Flexible
While it’s important to have a plan, it's also important to be flexible. Your boss might have concerns that you haven’t considered, and it's important to listen to them and be willing to compromise. For example, you might need to adjust your working hours to match the company’s time zone, or you might need to provide more frequent updates on your progress.
Step 6: Provide Reassurance
Finally, it's important to provide reassurance to your boss. This reassurance can take many forms, such as offering to provide regular progress reports or agreeing to a trial period to test the arrangement. You should also emphasize your commitment to the company and your willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure that your work is of the highest quality.
In conclusion, approaching your boss about working remotely from abroad requires careful planning and preparation. By doing your research, preparing a plan, scheduling a meeting, emphasizing the benefits, being flexible, and providing reassurance, you can convince your boss that you can be just as productive while working from abroad.
If you're interested in learning more about how to successfully work remotely from abroad, visit Noma Collective’s website to find out more about our experiences and how we can help you make the most of your remote work journey.