I was hired at a small paper a few months ago. I work from home for the most part save a few community meetings and a staff meeting each month. When I was hired I was told that the company is very family oriented and if there was ever a problem getting to a meeting to let my boss know and it'd be taken care of.
I had a staff mtg scheduled for today but because my DH carpool fell through he had to take the car so I was unable to get to my meeting. Mind you this is a staff meeting, this isn't even one of the community meetings that I attend to find stories. Here we just we sit around and dish out our story ideas, it's usually an hour.
I emailed my boss (her preferred form of communication) yesterday as soon as I found out. She sent me an extremely harsh email in response saying that this is the only time she'd let me get away with that excuse and that when I was hired I assured her I could attend the meetings. This is the second email from her this week that was rude.
What happened to family company? This is the ONLY time I have missed a meeting. I make 100 bucks a month doing this. I'm tempted to quit. I don't want to work for someone who's going to bite my head off all the time.
What's the professional way to respond to this?
Answer by Orionsgirl at 12:25 PM on Feb. 14, 2011
Emergencies do arise, even for people without families. If your boss has suddenly taken a different tone with you, I suggest that you request a private meeting with her. Find out what her issue is. If it really is expecting 100% attendance at all company functions, you might suggest that expectation is a bit unrealistic. Point out your good track record of not missing meetings and reassure her that you are committed to your position. Ask her if she has specific concerns regarding your performance and if her abrupt tone in e-mails is an indication that you are not living up to her expectations.
It sounds like she's unhappy with more than just your missing that one meeting. It could be that she's upset about things not even related to you and doesn't realize that she's taking it out on you. Talk to her and get to the bottom of it. Bosses are people, too.
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