I received a troubling email from my bosses. I am a software developer at a small company and have been employed here over 7 years.
Essentially I was accused of working 2+ hours extra (which I didn't and had proof of), pressed as to what I was working on and how it is against protocol. I am aware of this rule and realize they have to enforce it. Instead of waiting until today to talk to me about it, I was sent an accusatory email last night demanding an explanation of something that didn't happen.
My boss admitted to me he read his office security camera notification wrong. My other boss (his wife who wrote the email) did not apologize or acknowledge the whole thing--just blamed her husband for reading his phone wrong.
I explained that I understood his mistake, however the underlying notion of the email is that I would likely be doing something improper with my time in addition to working overtime without permission (which I have not done in 7+ years working here). I could have simply left my phone, glasses, jacket at work and returned to get them which would have set off the security camera. Despite my boss explaining he trusts me the whole thing does not pass the "smell test".
I cannot imagine writing the email I received to someone who I found trustworthy. Also I have received no apology, despite clearly indicating that I found their way of handling this unprofessional and upsetting.
The email and resulting discussion seems to indicate that there are two troubling things going on:
- The company is in some trouble (boss admitted being super stressed about company in our private meeting)
- I am not regarded as trustworthy by at least one of my bosses (I am not sure she finds anyone trustworthy though).
So am I overreacting and making too much of email semantics or should I be concerned?