I work in a startup as a developer. Quarantine had us all work from home (WFH) full time and it's really working for me. I don't have the 1.5 hours of daily traffic jam anymore and being at home provides me a calm environment I can't get in the office. The quality of my work improved and I do more in less hours.
I would already work from home 2-3 days a month before quarantine, but given the benefits I'm getting from prolonged WFH I'd like to ask for a 40% (2 days/week) remote time accommodation. My company encourages WFH but my coworkers have been pretty going for all or nothing so far: some of them are fully remote, the others only work from home sporadically. No one has asked for a part-time WFH solution before.
I think I can convince them it could be right for us all because:
- My job can be fully performed from home
- I was aiming at a solution with fixed remote days but have no issues with switching in case of important meetings that require my physical presence (and need to make that clear to management)
- I do not want to WFH full time (which could be harder for them to understand given I live 30km away from the office).
- I have all equipment required to work comfortably from home
Quarantine allegedly lifts next month in my country. When is the right time to ask management for a part-time remote work solution? I don't know whether I should talk to them about it ASAP or not bother them before the end of quarantine. I'm also unsure whether I should disclaim my reasons for asking for remote work accommodation right away or wait for them to ask if they want to?