Request Work From Home For One Week [Email Templates]

Request Work From Home For One Week

Sometimes, you’ll need to work from home (WFH) for one week. Maybe you aren’t feeling well or your car is in the shop, or you plan to travel and work for a few weeks (it could be many other reasons to work from home).

We have written three email templates for you to request WFH for one week. Click one of the links below to jump to the template that fits your situation:


How to ask to work from home for one week

Subject: Temporary Work from Home Request

Hi [Boss’s first name],

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to request the possibility of working from home temporarily for the upcoming [week]. This request is due to [insert reason here, e.g., a family member being unwell, my car undergoing repairs, the process of purchasing a new vehicle, etc.].

Working from home during this period would greatly assist me in managing these circumstances while ensuring my work responsibilities remain unaffected. Here’s how I plan to maintain productivity and communication:

  • Daily Updates: Quick morning check-in via [tool] for priorities and progress.
  • Availability: Reachable during work hours via [channels].
  • Setup: Equipped home office with necessary tech.
  • Project Tracking: Using [tool] to keep tasks on schedule.

I am committed to maintaining the highest level of performance during this period and am open to any suggestions you might have to make this arrangement successful.

Please let me know if we can discuss this request further or if there are any forms I need to complete to formalize this temporary work-from-home arrangement.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to your feedback.


[Your name]

Requesting work from home for a trial period

Subject: Proposal for Trial Remote Work Period

Hi [Boss’s first name],

I hope you’re doing well. I’m reaching out to propose a trial period for remote work, lasting [1-3 weeks or months], with the possibility of discussing a permanent arrangement based on the trial’s success.

Given my role and responsibilities, I believe a remote setup could enhance my productivity. If we were to move forward with a trial period, here’s how I would track its success:

  • Productivity: I’ll measure my deliverables as compared to in-office time
  • Availability: I’ll measure my attendance at meetings before and after
  • Progress Updates: We’ll set a weekly time to go over projects

The trial period will allow us to assess the impact on my productivity and the team’s dynamics before making a long-term decision. I am committed to making this arrangement beneficial for both our team and the company.

Would it be possible to discuss this proposal further at your earliest convenience? 

I am free to meet on the following days:

  • [Day]: [Time slot]
  • [Day]: [Time slot]

Thank you,

[Your name]

Request to work remotely while traveling

Subject: Request for Remote Work During Travel

Hi [Boss’s first name],

I hope this email finds you well. I am planning a trip for [duration] and would like to request the opportunity to work remotely during this time. This would allow me to fulfill my travel aspirations while ensuring continued productivity and engagement with our team.

This will be my schedule:

  • [Date – Date]: Time off
  • Date – Date]: Working a regular schedule

Here’s a brief outline of my plan:

  • Consistent Work Hours: I’ll adhere to our standard work hours/time zone or adjust to a schedule that aligns with team needs.
  • Communication: I’ll stay connected through [communication tools] and be available for all meetings via video or phone call.
  • Reliable Internet: I’ve confirmed my accommodations offer stable internet for seamless work.
  • Work Priorities: I’m committed to maintaining my current projects and responsibilities without disruption.

I believe this arrangement can be mutually beneficial, allowing me to recharge creatively while keeping up with my duties. I’m happy to discuss any concerns or requirements you might have to make this work.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to your response.


[Your name]


Email Requests To Work From Home

These email templates are part of our series on ways to request work from home. If you’d like to see some other options (and edit them in Google Docs or Microsoft Word), you can download all 18 templates for free.

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