I'm a software developer working remotely at a lab here in the US. I recently finished college, and I've started working here after past internships at this lab (and at another different lab before). I've been on the fence about something- remote work specific- and would like some input.
I've been trying to meet with a friend outside of work (someone I haven't really talked to since before covid) for a while- she works retail full-time so catching her with a day off especially a weekend off is challenging. After a month of trying to find a time, we came up with one later in the day this week (3:30ish- during work hours, but later in the day. I planned on starting earlier to make up those few hours mostly). Now that I've scheduled it, a family member has been on me about it- and not without reason.
As far as my work situation goes, I was comfortable scheduling it- I only work with one person- my boss- and I've worked with him in the past- and we've been on great terms. He's always been like "I don't care when/how you work as long as the work gets done". I do everything locally and often offline so it's not like they monitor me, and I don't think the lab does things like that. But, he is on a different time zone, so my later afternoon is the start of his.
My understanding of remote work and frankly salaried work as a whole is that as long as I'm getting the work done and the work done well (which I have been), I have the freedom to plan my days however, and one meetup every now and then like this isn't going to hurt anything. Part of this comes from a friend who's been doing the two remote (full-time) jobs thing, the reasoning basically being the same.
What is everyone's thoughts on this? I'm going to reschedule the friend anyway, but for future reference especially with remote work, what should I do in these cases? Should I talk to my boss about situations like this?