Written this morning, approximately 10am:
There is no wrong answer. There is a better answer, an easier answer, but any answer will have the same result. So why am I so nervous?
I’m meeting with my boss in an hour, to tell her that we’re leaving the area by mid-August, but I’d like to keep my job and work remotely. I have all kinds of supporting details about why and how and how this can work, but that’s the main point. I figure there are four possible outcomes:
1. She says “Oh, how exciting!” and “Of course we can do that!” Best outcome.
2. She’s less enthusiastic but willing to give it a try. Good outcome.
3. She says “No, I’m sorry, but we can’t work that way.” Not the best outcome. I use the time to look for something that WILL let me do that while working here for the next five months.
4. She says no and fires me on the spot. Highly unlikely, but possible. Worst outcome.
No matter which of the four outcomes I get, we’re still leaving the area in 5 months. This isn’t a negotiation. We no longer have to carry a mortgage (whoopee!), so we can handle it if I end up unemployed for a few months. I might even enjoy that. For a little bit. (John would totally be jealous.) Mostly, I want to keep my salary and not have to look for a new job (because that sucks). I’ll have to eventually, but I don’t want to now.
So…I’m nervous. Logic has nothing to do with it. It’s a hard conversation to have. Deep breath in, deep breath out.
My boss had the best possible reaction. She didn’t exactly say “Oh, how exciting!”, but when I said we’re leaving the area in 5 months, and I would like to keep my job and just do it remotely, she said (very quickly and sounding somewhat relieved), “Let’s do that.” No hesitation, no problems. I am free. We’re just not telling anyone until about a month out. I feel SO much better.