I work in a very agile environment in an IT agency, where I was given responsibility within a short period of time after graduation. My boss (CEO) often tells me that he likes my unique skillset and that they are very happy to have me in the team. Now he would like to talk to me soon about how I am doing in the company (annual staff appraisal) and how they can build up my department together with me. This means for me that a small team should be built around me to take the pressure off me.
My personal situation
My problem now is that I moved to a foreign city, several hours away from home, just for the job. I have a nice apartment, the colleagues are nice, but I never really arrived. Probably also because I am introverted. Most of the time I just count the days until I can go back home again, where I have a few selected friends, but at least I can see my parents and do more (e.g. DIY things that are not possible in the city)
Because of COVID19 everything has changed. We are all in the home office and are much more productive because I have more peace and quiet to engineer. I go to my own apartment on an irregular basis and otherwise I am with my parents. A situation that I would like to change.
A possible solution
My idea would be to move to the city where I studied. I know people there, it only takes me 1.5 hours to get to the city where I work, but I can be in my hometown and with my people in under an hour. I would mainly work remotely, as the whole Covid situation has shown to work well, and go to the office once a month for a week to spend time with the team and handle interpersonal issues. This would also relax our situation that we have too few workstations/space for all employees in the office.
The question now is, can I tell my boss about it and push him in that direction or am I gambling away future opportunities?
My concern is that he doesn't understand, because he himself is someone who is constantly on the road and loves it. But I hate being on the road and taking three hours to drive to my home town. Above all, I see the danger that I will either be seen as a person who will potentially leave the company soon because he does not like the personal situation. Or that I at least won't get any more promotions because he might be of the opinion that a team leader should be on site 24/7.