My company has a policy where people of my grade and higher are fairly free to arrange their own time and as long as jobs get done and you check in with your line manager then everything is fine. If we need to work from home for a valid reason occasionally then we just need to let our line managers know.
My line manager is terrible for micro managing and power-tripping. For example, if I ask to book holiday 6 months in advance she will tell me she has reserved that whole month and I can't book anything in it until she has decided exactly when she wants to take her holiday. Last year I waited for 6 weeks while she made up her mind and then she took it in completely separate months to when I had asked for.
When we had a bad snowfall predicted, she told me and a colleague to work from home the following day if it did snow because she hates driving in the snow and was going to work from home herself. As a courtesy, I texted her the next day to say that I would be doing as she's suggested because the snow was bad and was going to continue snowing all day. I then started work and copied her in on an email so she would know I was working. She proceeded to give me the nth degree via text about any other ways I could get to work, then she said would have to check with HR, then she came back to me saying, ok, just this once she would let me!!!
Basically she always causes a fuss and then says she'll have to check with her line manager before she makes a decision. So, I never ask, unless I absolutely have two, which has been twice in three years!
however she herself works from home whenever she needs to - gas man coming, a delivery, dentists appt at 2pm and she will work from home for the rest of the day etc.
I had my car checked out at the garage on saturday morning. I need a new clutch (ouch!). The guy told me it was ok to drive but it could go anytime and so I just want to get it sorted asap. However it's a big job and they will need my car the whole day. It's a little local garage and they don't do courtesy cars etc.
I came in this morning, checked my diary for the week and saw Thursday was empty of meetings so I was planning to ask my boss if I could work from home that day while my car was being fixed. However she was tied up in meetings for the entire morning and I wanted the garage to be able to order the part and book me in asap. I also knew she would most likely go and ask her boss before granting me permission anyway (even though she doesn't need to), which would add to the time it would take for a decision.
While getting a coffee from the staff lounge I passed the office of my line manager's boss. We get on well and her door was open. I explained about my car, that I had no appts on Thursday, that my boss was tied up in meetings so I couldn't ask her and would it be ok to work from home that day. She said yes, absolutely, take the time to get something done at home with peace and quiet and let my line manager know that's what I was doing.
I dropped an email to my line manager saying:
I found out over the weekend that my car needs a new clutch and I'd like to get it fixed as soon as possible as I'm nervous driving it at the moment. The garage can do it on Thursday and I don't have anything in my diary that day.
I've spoken to 'big line manager boss' as I was passing her room and she said that was fine and to let you know.
I'll take the 'big project paper' home with me and concentrate on that for the day because it needs getting on with.
Later on I went to see her about something else and when I went into her room she was really off with me. We talked about the reason I'd gone in and then I said 'by the way, did you see my email about my car?'. She folded her arms, glared and said 'yes' in a really curt tone. I said 'is that ok? I need to get it fixed and Thursday seemed the best day'. She carried on with the tone and said 'well, if it's fine with 'big boss' then I suppose so'.
Then she asked if the garage could drive me to work. I explained it was a tiny place, they don't do that kind of thing. then she quizzed me about buses. I explained I don't live near a bus route, otherwise I would and then I tried to change the subject by talking about the project I would work on that day.
She has continued to be snippy with me all day.
I can see she's peeved because I asked her boss first. However, I haven't made an unreasonable request or asked for anything out of the ordinary.
But I feel as if I'm in the wrong and like a naughty child.
PS She's sending me on an assertiveness training course. I'm not sure she'll like the results if she doesn't like me now!