Email Message Example Asking to Work From Home Part-Time

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With the phenomenal growth of the world-wide web and the development of revolutionary mobile technologies over the past decade, opportunities available for professionals in many industries to work at least part-time (if not full-time) from home have increased exponentially. Indeed, many companies have discovered that there are multiple advantages to allowing their employees to telecommute when possible. In 2017, forty per cent more employers now offer telecommuting options than they did in 2010.

Employees who are allowed to telecommute often enjoy a better work-life balance, and they tend to be more willing to work overtime, in the evening, or on the weekends when they can do this in the comfort of their own home office. If you are tech-savvy and feel like you are the type of person who would be able to work productively without direct supervision, then it makes sense to email your employer a request to work from home part-time. 

Before you send this email, however, give serious consideration to the pros and cons of telecommuting. Do you have a reliable computer and internet connection? If you have young children at home, who will watch them so that you can focus on your job? Are you able to work independently, or would you miss the social interaction around the office water cooler?

If you know that you would thrive and positively contribute within a part-time telecommuting capacity, then your next step is to persuade your employer of this. In your email, you’ll need to provide a strategic plan that lists the benefits to your employer of allowing you to work from home occasionally. Will it save the company money? If so, how much? How would this allow you to increase your productivity?

The following is an example of an email message asking to be able to work from home on a part-time basis. The letter mentions that the employee has been working part-time from home on an informal basis. It goes on to request a formal work-from-home arrangement on a part-time basis. If you would prefer to work from home on a full-time basis, here's an example of a request letter to review.

When you're putting in a request to work from home, be sure to mention how you will get your job responsibilities done when you're not working in the office. Outline for your employer how you envision your new part-time telecommuting schedule would look.

Also be as flexible as possible, providing your manager with viable options that would work to ensure uninterrupted staff coverage of the office.

If you're requesting permission to work from home on a temporary basis, like during the summer, be sure to clarify this in your email message.

Email Message Example Asking to Work From Home Part-Time

Subject Line: Request to Work From Home Part-Time

Dear Emily,

As you know, I have been working some days from home on an occasional basis. I have found that my productivity has increased substantially, since interruptions are limited in my home office and I can thus focus extremely well on my work activities.

As you know, the desk space in our office is so limited that we are often “bumping elbows;” clients have told me that they find the unavoidable background noise distracting during our telephone conferences. I truly feel that I am able to provide them with better service from my home office. My working from home two or three days a week would also mean that you wouldn’t have to pay my parking costs on those days. I would also be able to work extra hours, if needed, during the times I would normally be driving to and from work.

Would there be a possibility of my working from home two or three days a week? I value my time in the office, and believe that my hours there are important. However, I think that I can be just as effective, if not more so, by working from home a couple of days a week. Of course, I would be flexible as to which days worked best for you and the rest of our staff. I would also make sure that I was always available to come in to the office at a moment’s notice should you need me to do this if someone were out sick or an unanticipated project required my presence there.

Thank you very much for your consideration.