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Answered on 17th August 2010:
I currently have the option to work from home if I need to so I can offer a little advice. I approached it from the perspective of needing to work from home to complete projects in the evening or weekends. I requested a company laptop and VPN (Virtual Private Network) access. Before this I consistently delivered excellent work and developed a good working relationship with my boss. Whatever he needed I did happily and quickly. In essence I made him look good in front of his bosses. Now I am able to call in when I want to work from home (and as long as there is no audit or other pressing project). It is a process, but with your years of service you should have no problem. It's all about the work initially and wanting to do a great job as well as deliver quality work. The best to you!
As long as you are completing your task and delivering quality you should be in good shape. Also, it helps a lot to develop a friendly, yet professional relationship with your immediate manager. Unfortunately, a lot of women are woefully compassion-less so handling them take a different tactic.
Have a conversation in advanced if possible about what they expect from you if you need to be out with your child. Could you take work home or work extra time when you are there. Is there a special project you could assist with.
The best defense is a good offense. Do your best to set up a positive scenario and become indispensable so a minor absence is overlooked.
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