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zilamonster

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Job offer: negotiation for remote work arrangement
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:10:13 PM »
Does anyone have any experience negotiating a remote work arrangement when receiving a job offer?

I was recently offered a position that when I was initially recruited for it was open to remote, however as the interview process went along that kind of came off the table as ideally they would like to have someone in office. I'm positive that the company really wants me and I have some bargaining power, I am just looking for some ideas of how to approach the topic and what I should offer up.


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Re: Job offer: negotiation for remote work arrangement
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 01:29:38 PM »
It's like any other benefit that you're looking to negotiate on.  When you counter offer, you don't give up anything, you just ask for what you want.  They will come back with either a flat out 'no', or "okay, but....".  It should be no different than any benefit or salary negotiation.

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Re: Job offer: negotiation for remote work arrangement
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 02:38:27 PM »
How far is your home from the office?

If it's a "long but annoying" drive, perhaps you could go in once every week or two?

For a longer distance, make it clear you're not relocating, and are certainly welcome to come on site every now and then (work pays for the trip).

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Re: Job offer: negotiation for remote work arrangement
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 04:04:24 PM »
+1 to treating it like any other negotiation.

I did this and got a compromise of working remotely with four days a month on site for "office hours" and a few meetings. However, this was a part of the negotiation long after I got the job and was working. Every time I was in the office someone would comment that it was really important that I was there and how much easier I was to work with when I was around. Considering I was less productive with all the interruptions, it was kind of irritating how much I had to defend my position. Each workplace is different of course, but I would expect to hear at least a little bit of that. If they want you on site then they will continually make sure that it is off the table for you. They chipped away at me for a long time adding a day here and a half day there until now when I work three full days and two half days on-site which, you'll notice, is every day.

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Re: Job offer: negotiation for remote work arrangement
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 04:10:18 PM »
how much remote work is done at this company? If its a facetime value-ing company you may have to work in the office for 6 months to exist before you can go all virtual.