After a year of working remotely, many of us have settled into a routine. But as vaccination rates rise and businesses reopen across the U.S., many employers are starting to consider bringing workers back to the office, at least part time.
Employees may feel slightly differently. In a survey conducted by PwC at the beginning of 2021, 75% of executives predicted that “at least half of office employees will be working in the office” by July 2021, while just 61% of employees agreed with this prediction. Moreover, when leaders were asked how many in-person days were necessary to “maintain a distinctive culture” for their companies, about 30% of executives responded that employees should be in the office three days a week, while only 15% of executives responded with two days a week.
This isn’t to say every manager needs to be convinced of the value of remote work. For instance, the CEO of GM, Mary Barra, has shared that “the future of work is not a one-size-fits-all approach.” But if you’re anticipating a need to convince your boss, it helps to go in with the right timing and statistics at your fingertips. For instance: Employees have actually experienced increased productivity during the year-plus of working remotely, despite the global pandemic.
If you work for a company that is embracing a more flexible or hybrid work format—or if you’ve seen your personal productivity skyrocket while working remotely—here are some tips for tackling this important conversation.
1. GET YOUR PLAN TOGETHER
If your aim is to continue working from home, you have to be prepared to make your case. Your manager may be reviewing the work you’ve done over the last year, but what they need is concrete evidence of why you are at your most productive while working from home.