I work in a small office of a bigger firm. Most attorneys in this office work in the office but I REALLY want to work from home even if it’s one or two days per week. I’m new-ish and I know the managing partner of this office likes being in office. Is it a bad idea to ask? And if not, how do I do it?????

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For context: I just want the flexibility to be able to work from home a few days per week. There’s no medical, children, or other real reason. I just PREFER it.

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I’m in this position. But, I’ve been here for a year. I know attorneys in other offices work remotely. So I just… do it. I email or text the two shareholders in my office when I do. No one has said anything to me about it

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If attorneys in the bigger offices get the choice to work from home, then I don’t think it would be inappropriate to ask.

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Do you have a fellow associate more so at your same level you’d feel comfortable talking to? I would probably do that if I was in your position. If not, then maybe some senior associate you work with and have a good relationship with. I know you’re new but if this is really important to you, just ask. As long as you ask in the right way, it shouldn’t be an issue. It’s also a very reasonable question to ask since the pandemic has led to so many remote opportunities.

How new are you? I’d say try to be present for at least the first couple of months to get your bearings and be able to develop relationships. It’s hard to do those things at a new firm when you’re not in the office.

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I usually just do it. My practice group leader basically said I can do whatever and work from wherever. I don’t work with anybody in my office so there’s no reason for me to be here other than I like it.

Can you just work from home and test out the water as far as if somebody makes comments about you working from home or if nobody cares? Ask for forgiveness rather than permission approach.

Why do you think you need to ask? I was doing this before covid, and I never asked permission. I just did it, and no one said a word about it. As long as you have an established workflow and you communicate with people who assign you work, I don't see the issue. The partners in other offices that assign me work don't even know when I'm working from home vs the office. Now the partner that I work for in my office has told me repeatedly that he is fine with me working from home. Maybe you just need to give it a little more time to establish good relationships first.

Not much. I started doing this as a 3rd year. I was a 4th year when covid hit.

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I would defer to the firm culture, but that’s just me. If everyone else is going to the office and I was junior, I would probably keep going in. If there is a mix of people working in person/ working remotely then I think it’s appropriate to ask your supervising partner for some flexibility.

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