Some companies, such as Google, have announced that workers who don’t need to be onsite can extend their work-from-home arrangement until the end of the year. Others, like Twitter and Facebook, have committed to letting people work remotely forever, if they so choose.
Of course, making this kind of transition, whether it’s working away from the office full-time or part-time, can have a major impact on both your career and your personal life. If your company has said you can work from home through the end of the year or even forever, here’s what to consider before making the change permanent.
Think about how you work best
If you’ve adjusted well to your new work-from-home routine, or you’ve been dreaming of a flexible arrangement for a while now, you probably know whether you’ll take your employer up on their offer to work remotely after the pandemic. After all, these policies to allow more flexibility are good news for the 80% of workers who say they want to be able to work remotely at least some of the time.
Consider how you’ll work with other members of your household
If you live in a household where another person will be able to work from home, do you have the time, space and flexibility to make the adjustment together?
Also consider: If you continue to work from home while your partner goes back to the office, will the dynamic of who takes care of the household change? What about child-care responsibilities? Have an idea of how things could play out over time, and discuss it with other people in your family or household who could be affected.
Talk to your boss about how you’ll set and meet goals
Now that your remote arrangement could be extended, it’s a good time to discuss with your boss what’s working, what could be better and how things may have to shift in order to make the remote arrangement permanent.
Have conversations with your boss about what the expectations will be moving forward. Take a step back and discuss what it means to be successful at your company or on your team. Then, think about how you’ll set goals with your boss, communicate progress and measure outcomes as you adjust to the new way of working.
In any case, any company announcement referencing your remote arrangement is a good time to re-evaluate your current work environment and what you could do to make it better. Experts recommend you set and stick to a routine; remember to take breaks; connect with loved ones and colleagues; and stay on top of your physical and mental health.
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