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So tomorrow is a public holiday in Australia ( ANZAC Day ) and my company decided to give everyone forced annual leave today ( Corporate spin is to get yourself relaxed = In reality reduce company's leave liability ) except for some skeleton staff in office. Now I got an email from one of my team member who is working today about a project. I am not happy that company is forcing leave as I like to take them together when I go overseas.
Should I reply or not ? I am thinking I should reply "I am not working on force annual leave day so I will reply to your email when I am back to work on Wednesday. "
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It depends. If you're satisified with being thought of as someone who follows the company's rules, don't do anything. However, if you want to be known as someone who also does the right thing, respond to the email. Be the person you'd like to be known as.
So, the "right thing" is doing work whilst you're not paid for it? Yes, would make your boss happy. Would make me happy if you did it here too. You could do that all day, every day.
The right thing is to not break the rule and bring it up in the next meeting. If it is a problem that the employee is not reachable, then there can be a discussion on the extra cost of having an employee on stand by.
The attitude to "do what is right" is the reason lots of customers expect that we work for free.
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Unless I reallly disliked this team member, I would help her out. That, in my mind, is being a team player.
Unless, of course, it would eat up a significant part of my day off. Then I would probably help out and ask for a different day off to make up for it.
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Showing good will is important, if you like your team and your work ... If your working environment is very formal, I would also be formal. In my case, it would be "Hey, I cannot spend half a day on it right now but I think this or that ..."
THis was very common in the past when big factories would close for two weeks in August. Its still common enough today, many firms use this periods to do maintenance on the factory, so really, you have to accept it.
Indeed. This should have been set up as an automatic responder.
Given my cynical nature, while many have replied "do what's right", I make the following cynical observations:
No one will ultimately care or notice. Certainly not management.
If management does notice, they'll just laugh and feel good about getting some free work out of you.
If management b*tches to you that you didn't reply to him, the response "but you forced us to take a leave day" will not be a justifiable argument back to them.
Management remembers the negatives, not the positives.
Basically, you're being asked to do something "against the rule," and that doesn't feel right, at least not without some explicit exception to the rule with appropriate compensation that management did not define. This leaves you in a position of having to make an ethical decision in the face of management's unethical decision. Which is why these rules are so stupid to begin with.
At the end of the day, the only way to escape this insanity is to take the approach that, by answering your team member's email, you're doing something to make his life a wee bit better at work. It's important to remember that we're dealing with other human beings, often in the face of absurd management (and/or government) policies that so often forgets that.
So, my advice, answer his email, not because it's right but because it feeds the narcissist in each of us to feel good about something we did, and it's a middle-finger to management by breaking the rules.