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Just Ask Jan: Newfound Productivity

Posted By Amanda Parsons, Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Dear Jan –


I’ve been working in admin for a while now and with the pandemic having me work from home, I’ve discovered something about myself: I am so much more productive!  I know not everyone can make the work-from-home thing work, but I love that I can get through emails and projects quickly without the regular distraction of co-workers, patrons, and phone calls. 

As our county reopens, everyone is migrating back to the office.  However, I’ve become so accustomed to my new level of productivity I’m worried about going back. 

How do I ask my boss if I can work from home – at least part time?  Are there any restrictions or barriers I should be aware of?  Will it impact my relationship with my co-workers?



Newfound Productivity


Hey Newfound Productivity!


That is amazing! I wish I could say the same, I thought working at home was like being in trouble and I was being punished! I have spoken to a few associates that have thrived in a remote setting and found their own work nirvana. Yay!

First, do some leg work and find out from your HR Dept (or State Labor Board website) if there are restrictions, AND find out from other similar agencies in your region if they are continuing to allow remote work. Depending on the Phase your county is currently in, there may be more information concerning working remotely allowances.   

How do ask your boss to work from home? You get your report written, practice your talking points, make a Zoom meeting appointment and ask for consideration. Get it together and hit it. If you know what types of questions your boss asks, be prepared! You say you have become more productive, give some concrete examples. If there is a project you have been working on, give a progress report, and offer to do something extra since you are doing so well on your own.

You asked if it will impact your relationship with co-workers. The answer is yes, all change affects relationships. They won’t forget about you, but the face to face interactions aren’t there and it takes more effort to make sure you are engaged with the other operations in your work environment. Setting up your weekly check-in opportunity is doubly important. If you can work part in the office and part remotely, that is a good option too, but also remember that it makes it hard for others to track you so it is in your court to make yourself available to your team members. You may be the only one on the phone or computer screen in the meeting.

Be prepared to alter your schedule and be flexible, most of all, be open to change in every aspect of your life and work if you get the OK from your boss to work remotely.

Congratulations for making a self-discovery during the pandemic and good luck with your request!






Jan Wirtz is the Recreation Superintendent at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.  With her years of history comes sage career advice for park and recreation professionals at any level in their career.

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