My company wants to go back to the office but in a hybrid setting on our choice of how many days to go in etc. Is it ok to ask them to reimburse my metro fare since it’s gonna be an added expense that I can just save by staying remote...? Especially since my salary is already bare

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Wrong ask. Out of all the cards to play this the one you want. An extra couple of hundred bucks for subway fare……. Ask for a raise and more responsibility.

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Sounds totally reasonable. To begin the negotiations, you should start by asking for a car then settle for subway fare.

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Was metro fare one of the benefits they had preCovid and slashed? Or were you originally expected to get to the office on your own dime but you haven’t had to due to covid?

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Uh no. Youre not looking at this the right way. Theyre being nice by letting you stay home at all, they dont have to do that. However youd get to work if covid never happened, thats on you. Youre lucky its that cheap.

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I would be more interested in prorated reimbursement for wifi or home office needs, tbh, and think that makes more sense for a negotiation approach bc you can frame it as an optimistic “Wow great, here’s what will make me most productive, now that this is firming up organizationally, what will the reimbursement policy be for XYZ overhead we’ll continue to be covering while WFH?”

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Depending on the state you live in this is actually a requirement! Your work is required to give you the tools you need to complete your job, including computers, workstations, and of course, a portion of utilities

No.

No. It’ll make you look bad to ask.

No. They are going to point you towards pre-tax savings from fed

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