I’ve been working at home this morning – I’ve had to pack up the girls to go away for the weekend plus I had a package being delivered that I really wanted to not miss and so I thought it made sense to leave going in until later. I had a call at 9.30 and a call at 10 plus a few things to chase and well, it just made sense. Not that I really should have to justify myself surely?
Although apparently not to Bossman.
He seems to think that if I’m not sat at my desk outside his office somehow I am not working properly – presumably he or someone he worked for previously used working at home to take a bit of paid time off.
Surely the fact that I have managed to successfully get work done in the evenings after the girls have gone to bed means I can do working from somewhere other than my desk and get the work done.
Surely results speak loudest?
Someone described the team I work for as a bit of a boys club and it seems that one of the rules of the boys club is that there is a degree of presenteeism. Which is great if that works for you but isn’t great if it doesn’t. And for me, today, taking a rare day to go in later and merge work and life better, it definitely doesn’t.
So another day, another work frustration that I appear to be employed by a big firm that thinks it does all of these great things to help its workforce but whilst it talks the talk, definitely doesn’t walk the walk.
And the worst thing, I was planning on going in this afternoon, my lovely new shoes have arrived and I do have a few things I could do better from the office before I go out tonight, except now, after all this I feel a bit tempted to act like a child and watch some Wimbledon instead of doing my work.
Could Bossman’s behaviour create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
I hope not and I hope I’m grown up to rise above the huff I’m currently having.
The Friday Rant Club is a chance to get those niggles, those irritants, those things that make you want to throw a toddler-stylee tantrum off your chest before the weekend.
Go on, let it all out and if you feel like it there’s a rather nice little button over there on the right to show you that you like a bit of a rant