If the Boss wanted me to be so grateful that Iíd work even harder, then he did the right thing by giving me a raise. Iím glad he came up with the idea, because I have a hard time asking. Iím always afraid heíll call me out on the fact that I donít do everything he asks at the moment he wants it. Iíd kind of like to keep things that way, in fact, but itís not worth turning down the extra money to be able to ignore him when I feel like it.
Since itís been nearly three years since my last raise, he canít exactly say itís not warranted. Just having lasted that much longer with him is worth some kind of prize. Heíd like to think itís its own reward, the fact that he lets me get away with so much. In a sense, I agree. The flexible hours and lack of direct supervision give me the breathing space that money canít buy.
Well, money can buy flexibility and autonomy, but the amount it would take to satisfy me is more than Iíll ever make unless I strike oil and go Republican. We all know thatís not likely to happen.
Itís the prime perk of my job, though. Even with the new and improved salary, the money isnít what keeps me around. Potential lack of money keeps me here, but thatís not exactly the same thing. What I really like is that I can take breaks to read or nap during the day, knowing Iíll be able to get my work done on what I laughingly call ďmy own time.Ē