Due to some recent changes in my life, I decided I need to start working remotely. When I discussed the topic with manager, he was sympathetic but explained that the work-in-office policy came from much higher up the ladder & exceptions weren't granted easily. The best he could offer me was more flexibility (coming in less times per week, arriving/leaving earlier, etc). Feeling like there wasn't a choice, I thanked him for the flexibility he was allowing me and I let the topic drop.
Not long after that, I saw an opportunity on a different team (at the same company) for a remote position. I interviewed & was given an offer. Although being remote was what attracted me to the position initially, I became very excited about the opportunity after hearing more details. I found the role's details (and the change of scenery) extremely appealing, and this new role is much more aligned with the direction I want my career to take (compared to my current role).
When I told my current manager that I would be transferring teams, he tried very hard to convince me to stay, asking me to push off accepting the offer until he has a chance to try to get an exception for me to be remote while staying on his team. I said no as politely as I could. Although I've had a good experience on his team and overall am decently satisfied with the work, the new opportunity feels just too good for me to turn down... and considering our earlier discussion, I was rather doubtful that he could suddenly get an exception for me to be remote. He disappointedly accepted my "no" and we proceeded with plans for departure, etc.
I'm now in my final 2 weeks on the team, and everyone knows I'm leaving the team. But it seems my manager isn't giving up yet. He told me that my skip-level manager would like to have a 1:1 with me and he has given approval for me to stay on the team as 100% remote (apparently this has already been approved by any necessary higher-ups too).
Should I meet with this skip-level manager? Honestly I'm not interested in changing my mind, even with their offer of being remote. While I'm surely affected by "the grass is always greener on the other side", it's hard to turn back once you've set your eye on moving to something that seems so good.
If I do end up meeting with the skip-level manager, how can I politely but firmly make it clear that I'd still like to switch teams, despite the fact that he got a remote exception for me?
Is this normal? I get that my manager doesn't want to lose a good employee, but isn't this type of pressure (and doing it once the news is already public) somewhat unusual?
And lastly... am I truly making a mistake by discounting their remote counter-offer so fast? In addition to the fact that the new role aligns with my career aspirations very well, I'd also be concerned that remaining on the team would backfire (similar to the reasons why accepting a counteroffer is never a good idea).