- Apr 2, 2011
- LT Gold
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The company I work for is 100% WFH because we don't even have an office in Australia and we are scattered all over the country. I knew a few of the people I work with before I took on this role but I do sometimes feel it would be good to meet some of them face to face. We are all very busy and don't often have time to chat. One of the new staff has instigated a once a month 30 minute chat for all staff which is working well and I enjoy that.I know it’s not the right thread but couldn’t find a better place.
Any tips on discussion points to raise with management when we are directed back into the office? I have a feeling the Brisbane office I am in will be directed to return to the office possibly as early as 1 November. They are doing a trial with an office in another state that you can work from home 40% (2 days) a week which is just a tick and flick exercise (apparently) but anything above is up to each individual manager. I have been working for another manager for the last 12 months but am due to return to a different manager very shortly and let’s just say they are not very accommodating. I would love 100% but know this isn’t going to be realistic. I would be happy with 80% (4 days a week), not so happy with 60% and really annoyed if only given the base 40%.
I am in a client contact role via phone/email and can do the job from home as evident by the last 8mths. I am in a very senior position and don’t require assistance or hand holding. If I need help I am very good at using my network to resolve issues.
negotiation wise - should I go in at 100? Am very flexible with going in for the monthly team meeting or any onsite required training.
If I can do 80% would pick Monday as my day in the office, most public holidays fall on this (4) and when I can will take that as my day off (time off in lieu - probably 1 per month). With annual leave, xmas close ect i will only need to work 30 Monday’s.
I love working in my PJ’s, having a very clean bathroom/kitchen to use. I love the quiet and not having to wear my noise cancelling headphones at work to block the inappropriat/non work related conversations. I do not miss the gossip, backstabbing, career climbing. I love the commute (currently 15 seconds) and the extra family time we are getting.
Having said all that, if I was your manager I would baulk at 100% and they may think you don't want to be part of the company because you will not have any interaction with new staff. I would go for 80% - be very clear about your reasons why you are working from home and also be very honest about what you will miss by not going into the office and how you can resolve that. My office in a previous job was only a few doors from the tea room so I used to get lots of dropins which drove me crazy but there was the occasional visit that solved a problem by a quick chat. Good luck