(Closed) When and how to ask about working from home?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

I definately think you need more time there to demonstrate you are capable and trustworthy… I would wait another 6 months before bringing it up.

But when you do bring it up, be sure you have proof that you have been doing your job well. (IE completed projects or whatever is relevant) and use that to support your request.

Post # 4
46406 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would wait until your one year performance review. Many employers just use the potential ability to work from home as a recruiting tool. They aren’t likely to endorse  a request to work from home from someone who still requires ongoing support and guidance.

You first need to demonstrate that you can work independently over a period of time.

Post # 5
3799 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Six months to a year. I’d give myself enough time to prove that I am independent and responsible, first. That’s awesome that you have the option!

Post # 6
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think I would communicate with my supervisor soon, if I were in your shoes. I’d wait until it comes up naturally, then express that I would like to work from home at some point. I just like to keep lines of communication open.

Post # 7
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I second at least six months. When I first had the opportunity to work from home, my boss flat-out said he wanted to see how I performed for the first six months before giving me that perk, and then he would consider it. Fortunately, it worked out.

Once the six-month mark hit, I just brought it up. We both knew it was coming, and everyone else did it, so it wasn’t a big deal. 

Post # 8
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yeah, I would agree to wait a little longer. Either 6 or 12 months, depending on the company and how you feel. I wfh one day a week (used to be 2) and we usually wait at least 6 months for anyone under me to even be considered to WFH, and that all depends on how capable and trustworthy we think they are. Prove that you are a hard and honest worker and I’m sure they will be ok with it. Maybe they will approach you first!

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