I’ve mentioned that when I move to Buffalo, I’d like to retain my current job and work remotely (with the understanding I’d travel back to DC periodically to visit headquarters and attend special events). I’ve wanted to work from home for a long time. I’m a pretty solitary person by nature — working mostly by myself and being social when I feel like it would definitely suit me best.
Although the move to Buffalo likely won’t happen until May, I wanted to give my boss advance notice about our plans. It’s also best for me to know as soon as possible if working remotely is an option — if it isn’t, I need to start looking for a new job and also use up my remaining PTO. (My employer doesn’t pay out for unused PTO when someone leaves the company. The policy is “use it or lose it.”)
After a few weeks of internal back-and-forth, I finally had the conversation with my boss yesterday afternoon. I was a bit nervous — even though he and I get along well, bringing up the subject of leaving is never easy for me.
The outcome? It will be determined later. He was open to the option of me working remotely — possibly on a trial basis in the beginning to see how it works out, which I expected. He needs to discuss the situation with others in the office before he can let me know for sure. (I did point out that 95% of what I do takes place strictly on the computer.)
At least I don’t work for Yahoo.