I have been working for 6 months in this company as a SW engineer (Europe). When I signed the contract, at the end it stated the salary and a "contract review at the end of the year, December", so as to increase salary or modify conditions. So the contract review can be a performance review, but not necessarily.
I'd feel bad asking for a pay increase, as I am happy with my salary, haven't even been for a year, and I think that, at the moment, it is paid accordingly. In another 6 months, I might change my opinion. My problem resides in remote working. Although they are very flexible with times of working (when to start and end each day, IN the office), nowhere in the contract have I seen anything related to remote working. In the interview, they told me that it is allowed a maximum of 2 days per week. They are flexible as if: my car was in the mechanic for a week, and I worked remotely that week, no problem.
2 months ago I was told by my manager (in what I interpreted as a bit of a "tense manner") to come to the office more because the upper ones (all of them have reserved car spaces to park btw) told all managers that people were doing it too much and 2 days was the max allowed. During a meeting with my manager, I was remote working as I was sick, and the HR person (there's only one) was walking behind, saw me, and went next to my manager and "jokingly" told me: "You have to come more to the office HUH, too much remote working". I just laughed it off saying I was sick and it could be troublesome for other around me.
Due to my current personal circumstances, I find that 3-4 days of remote working would be great for me. My performance is high, and I have asked how my work is doing (performance), and I only get positive feedback, regardless doing it remote or not.
I understand that there are not many developers/IT in my company, so maybe other positions "are required to" not remote work. HR did not mention anything regarding this contract review for December (past month). How should I approach about the review (without sounding like I WANT MORE MONEY RIGHT NOW or sounding "desperate"), and specifically about remote working? Would it be bad to mention that for me it is a very important aspect when working in a job? As this can be a subtle sign of "I will look somewhere else if not". I like where I work. I just don't like not being able to remote work when it does not really affect my work performance.