Re: Working later than the boss

Subject: Re: Working later than the boss
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 07:48:18 +1000

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> However, being irritated because you are asked to do
> things your manager doesn't do is not reasonable The
> reason people get hired in the first place is to do things
> the people who hire them don't, either because they
> can't do them or because they don't want to. Anonymous'
> manager may indeed be leaving the office at 4:30, never
> to be seen or heard from again until the next morning.
> My own manager often leaves his office before I do,
> and I am seldom the last person in my department to
> go. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, as long
> as competent and willing subordinates are in place to
> see that business is carried out in the manager's absence.
> This is where Anonymous' manager is failing.

If employees have a sense that their manager is
working when not in the office, that's one thing.
However, while we don't have all the facts we need
from the message to make informed judgments, there
is something "inherently wrong" with a manager
arriving after her employees and leaving before
them if it affects employee morale. It might be true
that the manager is accomplishing Herculean tasks
outside the office but if the employees don't know
that, and they're being asked to work what appear
to be longer or more inconvenient hours when the
manager appears to be setting her own hours to suit
herself, resentment is a predictable outcome.

-- Janice

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RE: Working later than the boss: From: James Barrow
Re: Working later than the boss: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Working later than the boss: From: Julie Stickler
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