I didn't take a day off this week. I thought, instead, I'd take a few hours off Friday afternoon. That didn't happen either. I'm glad I have work, but what kept me from having time off was not necessarily so much work that I couldn't get it done, but rather: management (or lack thereof). Tell me what's wrong with this picture:
I have been emailing a manager on one of my projects all week, wanting direction, and saying I wasn't clear on what I should be doing.
I find out this morning that there is a conference call for this project. I ignore it because we hadn't done anything since the last conference call (with the exception of my emails).
At 1 pm, I nail down another principal and we call the other one. He assigns me work and asks how long it will take. I say "oh, one and a half to two hours." He says "Okay, 1 1/2 hours." He tells me he wants to leave early.
I feverishly do the work, and EXACTLY at 1 1/2 hours, he emails me to ask "Any ETA?" I was actually just about to send it to him. He then calls me with changes (not entirely insignificant) and tells me to write a memo, etc etc. He's on his way out the door. I ask him if he wants it sent out today. He says yes. I say "Well, my day was supposed to end soon." "Oh, when are you leaving?" "Well, by 3:30 at the latest." "Oh, well you can do this." (It was 2:30). Needless to say, I did NOT make it. I ended up leaving early...around 4:30 or a little after. So, not quite the super early start I'd hoped for!
Seriously, the gaul of someone to expect YOU to stay when THEY are leaving early?! What the heck?!