By Lindsey Palmer and Nicole Yorio, REDBOOK
Twenty percent of Americans say they'd take a 5-percent pay cut if they could work a few days at home. But you may not have to sacrifice a penny. Follow these tips from Leslie Truex, author of The Work-at-Home Success Bible, on how to ask your boss for this prized perk.
1. Prepare your case: Make a list of tasks you can do at home and another of those that require in-office time, plus an outline of how you'll stay connected.
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2. Broadcast the benefits: Set a meeting with your boss, and point out how working at home could benefit the company-perhaps you'll save resources or free up space. Note that studies show at-home workers are happier in their jobs, take fewer sick days, and are more productive.
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3. Focus on your job, not your life: Your commute and child-care dilemmas are not your company's concern. Ditch the complaints and focus on how much you love your job and how you can be equally productive-or more so-at home.
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4. Propose a three-month trial period: This will give your employer an easy out-and make her more likely to approve the idea.
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