To cut a long story short, I prefer working in the mornings - and with the recent world situation I am working 100% from home, so it's even easier for me not having to deal with all the traffic etc.
I usually work around 6-14, +- 30 minutes. The rest of my team start anywhere from 7 to 10 in the morning. As far as I know everyone is expected to be available 10-13. The rest is up to individual workers, that's why I am working the hours I do. I am available during the core hours. This arrangement was one of the stronger points I considered when joining this company.
I got a situation today that my boss said he is not happy with my working hours, because a task wasn't done by the end of the day. I am honestly baffled by this and tried to explain that if a task takes 12 hours to complete, it doesn't matter at what time of the day I put my 8 hours in, it's still going to take 2 days (well, 1.5).
After a bit of chat I got the following argument: yeah, but some people are noticing you're not here at this and that hour. This leads me to believe this is not actually about the task, but it's a "people are talking" situation.
I was unsuccessful drilling deeper about the issue, so I scheduled a call for tomorrow to talk with him. Is there any line of questioning that would help me get down to what my boss is really on about?
EDIT: So, if anyone is curious about the resolution, I had a chat with my boss today and what I was able to gather was:
- Some higher-up tried to reach a team member during an emergency (this person was having a day-off)
- The higher-up didn't try to contact anyone else. He then complained to my boss that "noone is available from your team during x hour, it's unacceptable" (which is a lie, at least 4 other team members were online and ready to help if somebody asked) |
- Turns out my teammates got a similar message from my boss (but it was about some other things "I'm worried you're not testing enough; I'm worried you refuse to help people outside of your team" - everyone got some sort of fault, so it seems it was just let's throw some accusations and see what sticks.
So it's probably all just a "my boss yelled at me, so now I'm yelling at you" situation. A shame really, but my boss is well, a boss, since 4 months, probably not very good with the whole management thing yet.