|By Craig Clausen (Downtown77) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 8:29 am: Edit|
Our firm is a small consulting firm(~12 people)and we've been in business about 15 years. I am one of the firm's founders and currently run the operation. I've had something happen over the past week that blows my mind and I'd like to hear other peoples' thoughts in this.
A more senior employee (~5 years)is getting married this weekend (apparently he got engaged almost a year ago). He did not tell me that he was getting married (which I think is odd behavior to begin with) nor did he tell me he was going to be out of the office for the next two weeks - he just set his out-of-office greeting stating when he'll be returning and left. I've only figured this out because one of our other employees mentioned it in passing.
Any thoughts? Thanks.
|By Daniel Robin (Danielrobin) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 4:56 pm: Edit|
It is a head-scratcher. You'd think getting married would be something to talk about.
I'd be interested in why. Clearly this is not the kind of communication you want, and 2 weeks minimum notice is more in line with standard practice in the US. Especially uncool from a senior employee. Apart from this lapse in communication, was there some serious downside to his unplanned absense? If so, that deserves discussion, too. Otherwise, you can use it to clarify motives, any issues or confusion about who gets notified of time away, how far in advance, etc. Why this inassertive (passivity) on his part? Concern that he might not be allowed to take time off? Getting married can be quite stressful for some people, and stress is like a big dose of stupid. Normal goes out the window. Social skills and consideration of others ... not likely.
Whatever the reason for this lack of communication, note their employment record without judgement, so if it happens again there's some history to inform what's really going on.
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