I joined this company around 1.5 months ago on a contract basis. They are mainly based in the USA but there are 2 other employees in the UK including me.
We have been working remotely and just meeting on Mondays to discuss the upcoming week of work.
They've just hired one more person who is starting soon and now the lead person in the UK (London) says we will get an office (very small one in WeWork) in around 1 month. (I think the lead is just lonely at home and wants an office to see people to be honest).
Why I do want to stay remote?
- My life is 10x better without commuting, more sleep, less stress, easy to go the gym right after work, I don't have to pre-prep my lunch, and more.
- My home office environment is unbeatable, it's quiet and I have a giant monitor ultra-wide monitor, very good chair (all equipment is beyond the price that company would pay for btw).
- I have a very high body temperature and I cannot regulate this in an open shared office (sounds made up but this is a fact).
They are very happy with the current level of work I'm putting out.
The other employees are Data Scientists so it may make sense they're in the office to collaborate with ideas on whiteboards which seems common in that role.
I'm the only engineer in the UK and I don't see any value being stuck sweating in a tiny open office.
How do I politely tell them I'd like to keep my current working setup if/when they move the rest of the UK people into that small open office?
I do not have any worry about them saying "no" as I can find another contract within a month or so.