Work from Home Request Emails

What is work from home?

A request to work from home is what employee opt for in situations where they are having trouble reaching the office. These work from home requests are a formal way of informing the head of the department or a manager that the employee is unable to attend work at the organization but is available to work while at their home.

In some cases, an employee may attend work for a few hours during office hours and continue the rest of the workday at home. While in others cases, the employee is not present at the organization for a complete day and keeps up with the office work through emails and the messages.

When and who it is allowed to work from home?

There can be a number of reasons an employee may have to work from home. The biggest and most common reason to work from home is said to be due to a sick child. As these days, it’s very common for both parental figures to have jobs, and in case a child is sick, then one of the parents have to stay at home to look after the child. These parents opt for work from home in order to not have the office work build up.

Similarly, an employee’s own health issues may not allow them to attend the office at the organization. For example, a sprained limb or the viral flu may result in advised bed rest from the doctor. In these cases, the employees can request for work from home by contacting their manager or head of the department.

How long is it allowed?

The duration for work from home depends on the circumstances of the employee. If they are sick, the employee can provide a doctor’s note with the advised bed rest period and work from home according to the allowed time.

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In some cases, an employee might be asked to at least attend work for a couple of hours during the office hours in the working week. The allowed period for work from home may also depend on the policies of the organization. However, it is always necessary for the employee to request permission for absence from work, even if they are working from home. The manager has the authority to permit or reject the request depending on the employee’s previous work performance and the workload at the office.

If the employee is absent from work without informing their head of the department or the Human Resources department, the employee may develop a bad relationship with their organization. This action can also lead to disciplinary action being taken against the employee such as deduction of salary.

Different types of work from home request emails:

There can be numerous reasons for an employee to request work from home. Below are some sample emails:

Request to work from home due to injury:

Dear ‘Name of Manager’,

Please acknowledge this email as a request for work from home.

Due to an accident yesterday ‘Date’, I suffered a back injury and sprained my ankle. I was advised bed rest by the doctor. Therefore, I cannot attend work for the rest of the week. ‘Date’ can be assumed my return date to work.

In the meantime, I will be available to work from home. You will find the doctor’s note attached to this email. In case you have any queries please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Name of Employee,

Name of Department.

Work from Home Request Email

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Request to work from home due to sick family member

Dear ‘Name of Manager’,

This email is a request for work from home. As a parent of an ill child, I will be unable to attend work today, ‘Date’. However, I am able to work from home.

Please accept this request and grant me a day to work from home. You will find the doctor’s note attached to this email. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Name of Employee,

Name of Department.

Work from Home Request Email

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