I went back to work this week in NYC after working from home for almost 4 months. It's caused some resentment on my part. The commute adds another 3 hours to my day, and nothing I did this week I couldn't have done from my home. I'm overall just happier working from home and I haven't heard any negative feedback from my direct report. My department has been incredibly inflexible about this to the point that one of my coworkers quit, after asking to formally work from home for the foreseeable future because she won't have childcare and working in the city may prevent her from visiting her parents. She was told no by upper management, even though our direct report (same manager) said he would support her.
The "support" to him was not actively saying she couldn't do it, but not going to bat for her when she brought it up to upper management who made the final decision. Now, my team is down to its studs and I'm trying to see how I can use this to my advantage to work from home. I feel like upper management is going to hit me with "we need to go back for morale's sake" and "you should be grateful you have a job." I am, but I expect more from my employer. I've been happier in the past 4 months than I have in the past 2 years (coming up on 4 years in the position.) Any help crafting a negotiation to my supervisor and upper management would be helpful!