I started a new job as a developer about 8 months ago. I negotiated with my employer to work part-time, having great flexibility on start/end hours, as I have a kid.
At the begining of this year, we had an extra workload and they offered me to start fulltime, but I still want to spend time with my kid, so I finally negotiated a tailored schedule, working full-time for a week and then part time the other week. In compensation, I had very symbolic raise in my salary, but I am confortable with it because I have good balance between life and work.
But the problems come now: lately I ask to my boss to have ocassional remote-working days but he does not like the idea, and does not want to people to work remotely. As he states, this kind of "special" status could be viewed for the rest of my coworkers as an unfair favour tratement to me. From my point of view, working remotely the weeks I am working part time improves my performance and productivity as I skip commute and can start working early in the morning, till I go to the school to pick up my son.
I don't think if this could be viewed as favourable treatment, but I am not sure, and I would like to have a conversation with him to discuss our points of view about the matter. I don't feel comfortable I an place where you could feel guilty for working remotely.
Is there a way to discuss this and/or explain the benefits of working remotely?
Do you think that this could be viewed as a favour treatment to me if I have had previously discussed and negotiated my own conditions?
EDIT — for clarifying some variables:
- My coworkers who could be feel mistreated if they ask for working remotely are fairly juniors, and I think that is the main reason my boss does not want to allow them to work in that way.
- I have almost ten years of experience, and I worked remotely a few times in the past, and always from time to time.
- My goal is to have the freedom to ask for it sometimes, as I know that I need to be in the office most time, to socialize with my coworkers, feel part of a team, attend meetings and have trivial conversations.