The first step is to complete this quick
self-assessment to help you
determine if teleworking will work for both you and your supervisor.
If you believe your answers indicate you’re likely to be a
successful teleworker, you can approach your supervisor about the
possibility of working from home one day a week or whenever is
appropriate. Take your completed self-selection survey with you as
justification for your request. If your supervisor agrees that you
are a candidate for telework, the two of you can use the State's
telework training materials to help you work out a formal written
The following resource from Valley Metro provides valuable guidance
for employees preparing to meet with their supervisor to propose
Preparing An Effective Telework Proposal – For
If you would like your supervisor to consider you for telework,
think about the following topics based on how your supervisor would
like to hear them answered. Develop a proposal that includes the
elements listed below.
A WIIFM Paragraph
Your supervisor will ask “What’s In It For Me?” Be sure to
communicate the benefits specific to your company’s bottom line.
Will it increase your productivity? Will you be able to share office
space with another teleworker? Will the option to telework help you
remain an employee of the organization longer? Will your work and
life be better balanced, helping you to be a better employee?
Address your supervisor’s concerns directly, recognizing there may
be objections and approaching each one positively.
Consider starting slow – one day a week or every two weeks.
Determine which day/s of the week you would like to telework. Take a
few weeks to track your appointments out of the office, days you
tend to have work that could be done from home, etc. Determine the
most convenient day for you to be physically “out of the office.”
Equipment and Workspace Agreement
Will you provide your own equipment at home? Will you dedicate a
room or space apart from the rest of your home as an official
workspace? Who will pay for your internet connection and software?
Do you have an ergonomic chair and proper desk? What will it take to
guarantee the security of confidential information?
Out of sight often means out of mind. How do you propose to be
accessible to your supervisor and co-workers during work hours? Can
you be reached via cell or other phone? Will you use email? How
often will you be in contact with the office?
How will you be connected to the office? Will you share files
between your home computer and your office? Do you have access to
your company’s computer network from home? If not, can you get it?
Will you transfer files via email or other method?
Clearly define for your supervisor the work you expect to be able to
do at home. Will you save specific projects–those that make the most
sense—for work from your home office? Do you have projects that
require concentration for long periods of time? How will you keep
yourself busy and productive at home?
If you have children, most telework experts advise against using
telework as a substitute for any type of dependent care. Let your
employer know what care arrangements you will have on your telework
days, and/or rules if school age children return home while you are
Explain how you propose to be accountable for the work done on your
telework day. Offer to create a log outlining tasks you expect to
complete on your telework day. During your telework day, record the
activities you were able to complete and other tasks you did during
Source: Valley Metro – Preparing an Effective Telework Proposal –
for Employees (6/2012)