I'm a programmer and I work in an office. I work in an office that outsources most programming work to asia. I don't really know why but I've been told that the boss doesn't want me to work remotely. This seems odd as only 2 members of a staff of 7 are in the office.
Basically the wages in our area aren't keeping up with the cost of living and I'd like to live in a cheaper community.
What can I do to convince him that programmers should be allowed to work remotely?
Often times companies are afraid of remote work because they've never done it before, and the unknown is scary. It puts more work on your manager/HR team to develop a strategy for making remote work successful.
My recommendation is to put together a plan with potential pros/cons of working remotely. Highlight how the pros will save the company time/money/turnover/etc, and how you plan to deal with the cons to ensure it's painless for your manager & company overall.