This morning, my boss, a very blunt and to-the-point individual, wandered into my office and commented, “Oh, I had a conversation with one of our board members about you yesterday.”
Why is it that statements like that make me automatically assume something bad is about to happen? I looked up from my desk, affixed a neutral smile on my face, and casually said, “Oh?”, which really meant, “Are you firing me now?”
Turns out one of our board members told her that I am very professional, that I respond quickly to questions and requests, that I follow protocol in communicating with board members (which gets touchy when the board is your boss’s boss), and concluded with, “She is a keeper.”
According to my boss, she responded by saying, “Then approve more money in the budget so I can keep her.”
I wanted to suggest a bake sale or maybe lemonade stands to generate funds for my much-needed raise, but I am still not sure my boss understands my sense of humor. I don’t think most of our board members know their way around a kitchen anyway. (A talk-a-thon, however, would drum up large sums of revenue, as evidenced by their lengthy meetings and conference calls.)
I will definitely keep this conversation tucked away for my annual review and negotiation of my pay! In the meantime, it is good to know that busting my ass has not gone unnoticed.