I have been thinking about my upcoming discussion with my boss when we implement Work From Home (WFH). It is coming. A senior leader needed my help formatting a document that outlines the guidelines. I couldn’t read much of it, only the title. I also overheard him talking to another senior leader about out of our top 30 competitors, we are the only one not WFH. Damn.
My problem is that my boss, being the loyal lieutenant, isn’t a fan of WFH. I have to figure out how to discuss this with her when the time comes. She treats the situation like it is on hourly accountability. I am an exempt employee, so I am not too much into the “tit for tat”. She is from the world of billable hours, so she is. I was hired for my expertise, not so much hired to be a butt in a chair, although I do that to make her happy. She hasn’t managed someone of my level before. She typically deals with admins and the like (no slight to them, it is just that they tend to be more task-oriented which is not my situation).
Plus I have to consider that it will come to light that I really don’t have enough work to fill a 40 hour week. I had mentioned it to her before, early on, but she didn’t come up with more responsibilities. After two mentions, I shut up. Why shine a spotlight on it?
I need to prep for this conversation and I am not too sure how I want it to go. Plus we are headed towards massive national unemployment, so this prepping could be for nothing. Since I am overhead, I could easily go early.
The result I want is employment. I could compromise and reduce my week (and salary) to 32 hours. For the interim, perhaps I could use PTO to make up the missing 8 hours. I would like to keep my full salary, but I think everyone needs to make sacrifices.
If they decide to fire me, perhaps I could make some $$ with them as their consultant. I have to be flexible. Nerves are frayed, so who knows what will happen. During the Recession, they managed to navigate it without laying anyone off. They reduced hours, but the company was smaller then. The CEO does know how to navigate tough times, however, these are times no one has ever endured. He is freaking the fuck out. The weight of the company and everyone’s livelihoods rests on his shoulders. I do not envy him one bit.
Today I have a zen acceptance that what will happen, will happen. Work will end up as it should. My credit card balances are zero except for one. I do not owe the tax man a penny. My only debt is that one credit card balance of $1,500 and my car payment. Financially I will be fine. Not great, but I will be OK.
What I really want more than anything is for my family to come out of this intact and healthy. Say a prayer for Taz who is on the frontlines of Brooklyn. I think about her all the time. She is so brave, so calm, so reassuring when we talk. Her stress reliever is to order groceries and watch stupid shows like “Love is Blind”. Then she gets up and heads back to patch people up. I am so incredibly proud of her. What a remarkable woman. I am so blessed and lucky. What will happen, will happen. Karma is in control, not me. I have to remember that and stay positive.
My wishes for your continued health and safety. My prayers for any of you with sick family and friends. My love for all of you — love and kindness are what will pull us through.