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Silly Newbie, Being All Human And Stuff

, , , | Working | February 26, 2023

At my first office job after working retail throughout uni, I’m assigned to work under a manager who, in her own words, is inexperienced. Unfortunately, within the first month, I need to take a day off for some medical appointments.

Me: “Hey, boss, can I take Friday off? I have—”

Manager: *Holds up a hand* “Stop.”

“Oh, s***,” I think.

Manager: “Do you have anything due on Friday?”

Me: “No.”

Manager: “Are you on top of all your work and not running late for anything?”

Me: “Yeah.”

Manager: “Do you have enough flex or personal time built up to cover a full day?”

Me: “Yeah.”

Manager: “Is this going to be reoccurring?”

Me: “I mean, probably not.”

Manager: “Then I don’t need to know why.”

Me: “…seriously?”

Manager: “Deadly. Thank you for letting me know. Since it’s Monday, you’ve given me enough notice to make it work. Put a note in the team calendar, and let me know on Thursday if there’s anything I need to keep an eye on while you’re gone.”

Me: “No, but really? That’s it?”

Manager: “That’s it. It’s your personal life. Tell me if you want me to know, not because you think I’m going to ask for it. Anything else you need from me?”

I said SHE said she was inexperienced as a manager. I didn’t say she was bad at it.

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