After more than a year of working from home, some people look forward to returning to the office, meeting with colleagues and saying goodbye to the less than ideal desk arrangement at home – but not everyone.

New research shows that 45% of UK workers are extremely or very keen to switch to permanent home work. The RADA Business New Art of Business Report found that the most commonly cited benefits were time savings (58%), money savings (54%), more flexibility (50%), and more family time (42%). Wellbeing also played a role, with 35% saying they rested more and 25% adopted healthier habits.

Whatever the reason, if you think you would be happier working from home full-time, the first step is to talk to your manager. We asked career experts for advice on how to get the ball rolling …

1. Let your boss know

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Any UK worker has the right to request flexible hours after having worked for the company for 26 weeks (full government guidelines can be found on gov.uk website). If you request a meeting with your manager, be sure to let them know what you want to discuss.

“This should help ensure that both of you have all the information you need about the meeting to make sure the intricacies can be discussed rather than scheduling a second meeting,” says LinkedIn career expert Charlotte Davies. “It’s likely that others have asked your employer the same question, so the meeting may not be as difficult as you think.”

2. Start with the positive

“Working from home can be very beneficial for companies and employees. It encourages flexibility and geographical freedom, as well as concentration for people who find the chatter of the office distracting, ”says Darren Jaffrey, General Manager (EMEA and APAC) at HireVue. “If working from home helps, don’t be afraid to ask and trust your arguments.”

Start by highlighting the business benefits instead of listing all the reasons why your life would be much better if you didn’t have to commute to the office.

“Work on a win-win plan for you, the team, the executive and the company and try to quantify it – remember that an office seat in London costs around £ 20,000 a year,” says Andrew Mawson. Director at the global consulting firm Advanced Workplace.

“Get confirmation from your manager that the standard and quality of your work was good [during the pandemic]. Discuss how the experience was for him / her, explain what you would like to do in the future and why and how you think it will work in practice. “

3. Offer solutions

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“Be honest,” says Jaffrey, and don’t try to downplay or gloss over the disadvantages. “Outline your responsibilities and write down the tasks that are more difficult to complete at home as well as those that have been made easier for full transparency.”

Think about why your manager might object to your request and “Prepare yourself with solutions to their reservations or questions, such as: B. regular catch-up appointments or joint task lists ”.

Mawson says things like “a weekly or daily Zoom call to keep up-to-date or a monthly visit to the office” can reassure employers.

4. Create an informal agreement

According to government guidelines, employers have three months to respond to a flexible job request. Once your boss has given you the green light, it can be helpful to create a written agreement that sets out how the agreement is with the job.

“Have a plan of action for what happens in everyday life if you continue to work from home but your team is in the office,” says Davies. “If you take some time to think about how this works best for your team, you can reassure your employer that you’ve made this proactive thought.”

Mawson suggests creating a written “collaboration agreement” between you, your leader, and the rest of the team so everyone is clear about the traffic rules.