When you really sit down and talk to managers of people, nothing is as divisive as the concept of working from home/remotely as a primary arrangement. I break down anyone's reaction to working from home to one of three camps:
1. Hell no, you won't go - I like my people here - with me. Maybe I don't trust people, or maybe I think there are natural benefits to being together face to face or some combination thereof. Report to the office, sucker.
2. Do I get to Pick? I'll let the people I trust work from home or remotely, but until I have that trust, please report to the office.
3. See you at the quarterly meeting or ROWE meetup - I'm totally bought in to letting anyone work remotely that works for me. I'm a new age hippie, and let's face it, I really don't like hanging out with people, so it's perfect for me, and for you.
If I attempt to break down those camps into percentages, I think only about 5% of all managers are willing to let anyone who works for them do it in a remote fashion. That means 95% of the managers of people have some degree of hangup with letting people work remotely.
Also of note - just because your last manager/leader let people work remotely doens't mean the new boss is going to. Here is the internal memo at Yahoo sent to company employees about a new rule rolled out last week by CEO Marissa Mayer, which requires that Yahoo employees who work remotely relocate to company facilities. From All Things D:
It underscores a couple of things. First, there are some obvious advantages to being together as a team in physical space. Second, just because someone said you can work remotely doesn't mean it has to last forever.
Meet the new boss - different from the old boss.
Add value beyond what is expected, ye remote worker. Or face the winds of change. Don't fret - there's free coffee where you're going.