My new boss's habit of canceling meetings at the very last minute. This especially drives me up the wall because the meeting she does this with most often is at 6:45 AM (my time)!
We have a global team, and I knew when I took this job (3 months ago) that there would be some early-morning and evening meetings (by phone/Web). That's OK. Having one at 6:45 AM is not to my liking, because it requires rising 1/2 hour ahead of my usual time, and I am not a morning person to begin with--getting up early is physically difficult for me. But OK, if that's the only time that works for everyone, I can do it. I also accept that I need to check my e-mail in the evening to see if there's anything from the team in Asia.
But my boss has 3-4 times now sent out cancellations by e-mail at 9 or 9:30 PM. I do not see them until I wake up the next morning--oh, painfully, miserably early--and log in. So I got up early for nothing.
I decided, for the sake of my sanity, to make sure I checked in by mail the evening before these meetings.
We had a meeting scheduled for this morning. Usually the boss sends out an agenda, but yesterday she didn't. So, last night, at 7:30 PM, I e-mailed my boss to ask "do we have an agenda?" She replied at 8 PM and confirmed that we were definitely meeting at the scheduled time (but the agenda wasn't ready yet). So I put my work e-mail to bed for the night, confident that I had done everything possible to ensure that (a) my workday was finished, and (b) I knew what I was doing tomorrow morning.
What do I find when I log in at 6:35 this morning? Message from boss sent at 9:30 last night canceling the meeting.
This makes me crazy. I feel that my time is not respected or valued. Further, it's as if I'm supposed to be on call 24/7. I can't ever be confident that my workday is over and I won't get something sprung on me. I would NEVER do this to my own staff.
So I am fuming this morning, again. Did I mention this has happened 3-4 times in only 3 months?