How to convince your boss to make your job and perhaps your company remote friendly?

So, you want to work remotely to have some more work to life flexibility?

You certainly aren’t alone. Remote working is becoming more popular on a global scale. In 2018, a study by Switzerland-based company IWG concluded that 70 percent of global professionals work remotely at least once per week. If you are trying to convince your boss to make your job remote, statistics are on your side.

If you are going to win your boss over to your way of thinking, you will need to think about more than just how working remotely will benefit you, exploring how it will benefit your performance, the company you work for, and their bottom line.

Start by focusing on technology, the big factor that spurred the growth in remote work in the first place.

Technology and Telecommuting: Why Remote Work Is on the Rise 

High-speed internet access, innovative apps, high-quality voice and video chat options, and the ability to stay connected at all times are all things that have made telecommuting remarkably easy in many industries. Why work in an office when your iPhone can effectively shrink the distance between your living room and the boardroom to nothing?

Even the entities that built the gig economy -- disruptors like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Postmates, and Etsy -- are in large part tech companies. Their business models work because of apps, websites, and social media. And their disruptions have been successful: at this point, roughly 36 percent of the American workforce is part of the gig economy.

If you want your boss to let you telecommute, focus on the technologies that are going to allow you to do your work effectively from a distance. Talk about how you will be able to videoconference in for meetings easily, or about how chat apps like Slack can bottle an entire company’s communications and collaboration in a single program.

Think about your day-to-day routine and workflow. What assets do you use at the office and how can you access them remotely? Who do you collaborate with and how will you maintain a productive connection with them if you aren’t in the office? Having answers to these questions ready to go will help you satisfy the queries that your boss is sure to ask when you raise the subject of taking your job remote.

Productivity and Responsibility 

Even if technology makes working remotely feasible in your situation, that doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea, nor does it mean your boss will go for it. A bigger concern than technology might be your own productivity.

Some employees feed off the atmosphere of the traditional workplace and need to be in the office to lock into a productive routine. If you are someone who tends to get distracted easily when you try to work from home, a remote job arrangement might not be for you. Propose a remote work trial period to your boss, so you can both track your performance and see how it compares to your in-office work record.

With that point made, there are a fair number of studies that show that telecommuting can indeed benefit productivity. This study found that 77 percent of remote workers say that they are more productive working remotely than they would be in the office. This report revealed how remote work often leads to lower stress, greater wellbeing and emotional stability, and better job satisfaction.

So, Your Boss Said No: Finding Your Dream Remote Job 

Some employers just aren’t ready to embrace remote work yet. You can present them with pages upon pages on how remote work is good for productivity and can reduce employer operating costs, or how telecommuting is the future of work. In the end, if your boss says no, there isn’t much you can do to change her mind.

If you are serious about finding a remote job, know that there are plenty of them out there. For every employer that is reluctant to embrace the rise of the gig economy and remote work, there are others that are diving in headfirst. Especially in younger generations, a lot of job seekers are looking for remote jobs, so know that you aren’t alone in searching for this kind of employment.

A good place to start your remote job search is on sites that focus specifically on freelance jobs. Top options include FlexJobsJobspressoHubStaff Talent, and Remote.com. While you can find remote job listings on more popular job boards like Monster or LinkedIn, they aren’t usually the first place to look for this kind of work. You might also look for sites dedicated to the specific type of remote work you are looking to do. For instance, you can find a whole slew of sites built specifically around freelance writing jobs or contract graphic design work. One other option: pursue a side gig that will allow you to test your aptitude for remote work.

As you search, treat the process like you are applying for traditional jobs. Have updated resumes and cover letters ready to go in case you need them. Know which work samples you want to use to spotlight your skills. Call up a few references to see if they are willing to speak on your behalf. Be ready to undergo background checks, which are becoming increasingly common even for freelance or temporary contract work.

Finally, be ready to hustle! Many remote jobs are freelance-based, which means you might not find a full-time remote opportunity right away. If you’re willing to work hard and prove yourself, those opportunities might come later. Alternatively, you can build up a consistent stable of freelance clients that can match or exceed the money that you were making in your old job.

Article re-distributed from https://betanews.com/2019/04/23/remote-job/

Visiple Is Taking Part In Global Work From Home Day April 10th

Visiple Is Taking Part In Global Work From Home Day April 10th

Remote-work is on the rise and that’s why on the 10th of April Visiple will support Global Work From Home Day. This day will be a celebration of working from home (wherever home happens to be at the moment!) for all the employees and employers around the world. Network and meet fellow remote workers under the hashtag #WorkFromHomeDay.

Since our inception as a company we have supported #remotework, #coworking and #workshfit as a way of slowing down the brain drain effects on local economies, helping out mother nature and well providing our employees and customers with tools that help support a better quality of life, you know that real work life balance! Be home with your family for dinner instead of in traffic!

A win win!

#WorkFromHomeDay





GWFHD_cover6.png


Take Aways MWC 19: Gadgets, AR, Mobile Payments, and more...

Cool article on the recent Mobile World Congress here

In addition: one has to add that there was actually less focus on mobile operators than in years past and more focus on mobile services such as machine learning, AI and more. Collaboration and unified communication was even less of a focus almost as it is a given today even though we still cannot connect most services to other services ex: webex to gotomeeting or Skype to Facebook.

That being said the new “mobile” world is upon us and the excitement from the Visiple team at MWC could be seen. More opportunities and possibilities to continue innovating technology that meets what people want and need.

Mobile World Congress and Visiple

Mobile World Congress and Visiple

Visiple will be at Mobile World Congress next week as will several other great tech companies such as Auka and their mobile payments platform, as the mobile space is not only about phone calls anymore.

The event coined “MWC” is in Barcelona from February 25th to 28th in Barcelona, Spain. Ping us to meet up or we will see you there!. www.mobileworldcongress.com

Visiple Now Works With Google Hangouts

Visiple Now Works With Google Hangouts

Visiple ProVMR now works with Google Hangouts Meet!

Join Google Meet video calls using business video conferencing systems and modern software clients

Designed for organizations who want to join Google Hangouts Meet calls using business video conferencing systems from vendors such as Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, and many others. Employees can also join Meet calls using Skype for Business and other video-capable software video clients that they use everyday.

Our friends at Videonor have helped us provide this latest greatest service for our ProVMR users allowing meeting participants to join from Google Hangouts Meet as well!

We are focusing heavily on offering services that interoperate with other services. The day of the my service to only my service died decades ago in just about every other technology industry but is alive and well in video conferencing.

Screen Shot 2019-02-12 at 15.39.18.png

Visiple ProVMR now supports traditional video conferencing systems, iOS and Android based devices, browser (webrtc), Skype for Business, and now Google Hangouts Meet.

Not everyone has the same service so why force them into using something else?

Visiple plans on launching several new services this year that will further demonstrate our commitment to offering the right services for the modern meeting participant.

Check here for more information!