The pandemic forced many employees, who previously had no experience working remotely, to say goodbye to their cubicles and hello to their home office. Now, with many employees returning back to the office, some may find themselves in the position of wanting to continue working remotely even after the pandemic is over (at least part-time). If you are someone who enjoys working from home and wants to continue, here are several things you’ll want to consider when the company has employees returning back to the office.
What Exactly Do You Want?
Write down the pros and cons of working remotely. For example, pros being things such as not having to commute to the office or even saving on dry cleaning bills, and cons being not having in-person interactions with your co-workers or the possibility of struggling with work/life balance. Reflect on what type of schedule you’d like before moving onto step two that way you have talking points to bring up to your manager when discussing the future of your work situation.
Work with your company and manager on their expectations and see if you can reach a middle-ground. Communicate with your manager on what works best for you and the company and see if will allow you to remain working remotely, either full-time or part-time. You don’t need to come up with a plan for the rest of your career, but instead, just put together a game plan for the next several months and then re-evaluate again at that point to see if anything has changed.
If you can continue working remotely (either part-time or full-time) you must remain connected to your co-workers and manager. You need to be easily accessible and flexible knowing that the company is working with you by letting you remain working remotely. Plan frequent calls, chats, and virtual meetings with your team and stay a key player.