I'm being asked to return to the office. I was hired as a contractor for a remote position and then hired on as a permanent employee. I was told I would continue to work remotely but that was not mentioned in my offer letter. I'm now required to commute 1and 1/2 hours one way to the office 5 days a week. Should I ask for a pay increase to offset the cost of this added expense? Should I point out how valuable I am to the team and how losing me would be unfortunate?

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Time for a new job. There are plenty of companies embracing remote work; those that refuse are showing their inability to adapt to changing circumstances, and will slide into irrelevance in the coming years/decades. There's no better time to jump ship than now.

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A lot of companies won't put it in your contract. I tried with mine.

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I am in a very similar position and started looking around for other opportunities, got a couple of offers for full remote (higher pay too) and went back to my current company to leverage them to get full remote. Still waiting to see how things work out, the other offers are very good and might still leave anyway. IMO if remote is key for you, start looking around.

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They played you badly though, next time be sure to get it on paper.

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I am in the same position. I applied for a remote role and when they sent me the offer letter, the role was switched to hybrid. I was assured over and over again prior to signing the letter that there would be no need for me to come into the office and that it was just company policy for all remote employees to be listed as hybrid. Months later, I am now being asked to come in for multiple meetings and I believe it will only progress from here. I am looking for other fully remote opportunities.

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I feel for you; there's nothing more frustrating than having concerning contract language that some HR ghoul gaslit you into ignoring come back to bite you in the worst way.

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Talk to your manager and explain how your 3 hour daily commute isn’t sustainable. If all else fails, find other opportunities.

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I said the same thing. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Hard lesson learned!

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