Recently graduated and started working for a large organization.
The company provides training for new hires. Throughout the training, we are mentored by more senior employees. As a part of the training, we were split into smaller groups (teams) and given a bigger task/project to solve in the next few weeks. We were told that it's up to us how we manage our team and our tasks.
Yesterday at 5 pm one of our team members was told that we are not allowed to leave ("shouldn't" leave) till 6 pm even though on our contracts it's written that working hours are flexible and usually it is 9am-5pm.
Moreover, whenever any of the new hires is a little bit late for the training his late arrival is reported and he is welcome with "Are you all right?". The question might be interpreted in ambiguous way - as genuine question or as slightly passive aggressive question.
My questions are:
- How can we let them know in a kind manner not to treat us as kids?
- What to answer to the HR when he/she ask you on a 5-10 min late arrival "Are you all right?" (I was thinking about some friendly/humorous reply that would release the tension from the situation).