Post # 1
I was hoping some WAH bees who moved from a corporate office to the home office could give me some advice on this 🙂
I started my job at the end of August and was in training for almost 3 months. This week, I came out of training and started my official shift.
When I first started working, my boss and supers took the new trainees out for a nice lunch. While there, my boss told us that quite a few people in our department work from home, and she’d like to see more people doing that in the future, so I know she’s open to the idea.
I’m just wondering if I should bring it up now or wait. I know I just got out of training and they probably want to keep an eye on me for a while to make sure my work is up to par. But my entire job can be done from a computer, and all inter-office communication takes place via e-mail anyway, even though we all fit inside one room in a corporate office building (we have to wear headphones as part of our job, so e-mail is just easier) so I think it would be very easy to transfer from the office to home. I’m just not sure about the timing. Is it too early to ask?
If some WAH bees could share their experience/advice, I’d really appreciate it 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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!