I would like to receive feedback on whether I should ask my employer if I can use the office over the weekend. Context includes that this is a very small engineering office of about 5 employees. My intent, as a new hire, is to use this time to do additional reading and pursue software tutorials to improve my productivity at work during the week.
I have reason to believe my boss may use the office over the weekend as well. His presence will immediately imply that he can have me do billable work. This will have the opposite effect of what I am trying to achieve since if I am working I cannot be pursuing continuing education.
Therefore if I ask his permission, he may say yes but if he is also here that means I will be working over the weekend.
If I don't tell him, then I could come in in the weekend, but if he shows up he will be surprised that I am here and may have me do additional work.
I would like to ask from an ethical and professional standpoint, given my current dilemma, is it wise to ask permission? Or is it better to not ask permission and run the risk of working over the weekend?
The only reason I'm worried is I don't want to work over the weekend. I believe my boss will be favorable to the idea of me coming in in the weekend.