We are a team of seven and, due to the pandemic, have been working from home for over a year. Our boss is not a fan of remote work; however, at least three of us would like to continue working from home once the pandemic is over.
We each came to this conclusion independently, but largely for the same reasons: We can easily do our jobs remotely (speaking for myself, I actually find it more productive) and, because our workplace is relatively remote, we don’t really like wasting 2+ hours every day on the commute.
Our employer has a procedure to apply for flexible working. One of us has already started this process. What would be the best approach for the rest of us? My concern is that if we all apply at once, while it lends weight to each of our arguments, it’s going to look like a “coup” (for want of a better word).
My other concern is that a valid reason for the formal request to be denied is that my boss finds it harder to manage us remotely; given a year’s precedent and that we’re clearly capable of autonomy, I personally find this a bit weak, but it’s not up to me!
As far as I know, we’re all willing to be flexible. While fully remote working would be ideal, we would be happy to come in, say, 50% of the time. However, none of us are expert negotiators and quite introvert, compared to our boss’ extrovert personality.