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jpcher:
I understand part of the allure of working from home is that you get to be comfy while working. You don't have to dress to impress, you don't need to do your hair or make-up because, well, nobody sees you.

But, don't you think that some sort of office decorum should come into play when talking to people on the phone?

My boss had a day off yesterday (Friday). I sent her a few e-mails of things she should be aware of, nothing emergency-like, that could easily have been taken care of on Monday morning.

Boss called me just before 8:00 a.m. I said my usual phone greeting and heard a stifled yawn.

Boss: "Oh, excuse me . . . yeah about that one e-mail" pause, a slight giggle, some rustling/movement sounds "Sorry, I set the snooze and forgot to turn off the alarm. I literally just got out of bed."

So now I have this picture in my mind of my Boss in her pajamas sitting on the side of her bed trying to wake up. Ew! :o

Me: "Don't worry about it, this can wait until Monday. I didn't need an answer right away."

Boss (audibly stretching, sigh and all): "That's okay, I need to get out of bed anyway. I tell you what. Let me get a cup of coffee, I'll look into it and get back to you."

 :o :o :o So why did you call me in the first place?

Now this isn't the first time where Boss was working from home and made personal comments like the above. I've heard "I'm sitting on my deck right now, boy this is nice." or "Hold on a sec, my dog just did something" . . . things like that. KWIM?


Am I off the wall for thinking that just because you're working from home it doesn't mean that you can bring your casual environment into the office setting?

Yesterday's morning phone call from Boss really put me off . . .



Should I say something to Boss about this? What would you do?

shhh its me:
  Calling at 8 am and not being awake enough to understand why she was calling that would make me nuts. 

But being a little too casual with her employees/subordinates in conversation I don't think is something I'd try to correct.  I mean "a little" in both type and quantity. 

Perfect Circle:
So, did she have a day off or was she working from home? Those are two very different things.

I would say absolutely nothing. You may be slightly annoyed by it but it's not your place to correct her.

jpcher:

--- Quote from: Perfect Circle on October 12, 2013, 03:30:11 PM ---So, did she have a day off or was she working from home? Those are two very different things.

I would say absolutely nothing. You may be slightly annoyed by it but it's not your place to correct her.

--- End quote ---


No, not different things with some people that I know . . . technically it was her day off. But since she called into work, I consider that working from home. There are so many people answer their blueberries and bring lap-tops on vacation with them it astounds me. But that's a different thread.

Curious . . . whether she was on a day off (vacation) or on a work-from-home day, why would that make a difference as to how she handled calling into work?

ccnumber4:
It's clear from your posts that you dislike this woman and I think you are letting this color your perception of a very minor issue.  It's her day off, you sent her a series of emails and she called you to address them.  I imagine if she had ignored you, since it was her day off, you would be complaining about that.  I really think you need to evaluate if this is the right job for you, as you are clearly unhappy working for your boss. 

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