I'm in a bit of a predicament. Last week, an e-mail went out to boss and a few others from my e-mail address. It contained a number of rude remarks and strange insults.
Of course, I did NOT send this, and never do something like that. I told my boss as much, and I thought he would just let it go. But today, he contacted me and told me that IT said this e-mail came from my computer. He said he wanted to schedule a meeting to discuss this with me and HR.
Honestly, I'm more irritated than anything that my boss keeps bringing this up (and that he's looping HR into this!). It's clear that he doesn't fully believe me, which is really maddening because I've never done anything to break his trust. I was planning on vehemently denying everything to my boss and HR, but as I've calmed down a bit, I realized I need to have a good approach to discussing this. I don't want to let my anger get the better of me and say something I will regret. But I also want to make it very clear that this e-mail did not come from me.
What can I say (or not say) in this upcoming discussion to insist on my innocence and come off as trustworthy, while remaining professional?
And in case you're wondering, I work from home and am single, so it's not as if a coworker just composed an e-mail while I was stepping away to use the restroom. Now I'm not a computer guy, but this definitely sounds like I've been hacked by someone.
This is going to be the most embarrassing thing I've even written, but here goes...
So after my talk with my boss and HR, they said that this has happened REPEATEDLY for weeks now, and it always happens in the middle of the night. After a less than productive conversation, I went to prove them wrong. So I set up a camera facing my work computer, and then went to sleep. My thinking is that if I could show them that I never touched my computer, it would prove my innocence. (Probably a better way to do this, but I'm not much of a computer guy).
Watching my video the next morning, I see at 3:20am in the morning, somebody does come to my computer: ME. To my shock, I saw myself stumble in the middle of the night, login, and type something, giggle to myself, and then stumble away. I looked at my SENT messages the next morning, and sure enough, there was a juvenile message sent to my boss about how he was a "stupid head".
I have NO memory of this at all. I'm not on any medication, and have never had any issue sleepwalking.
I called my boss this morning, and apologized profusely. I have promised him that I will seek psychiatric help immediately. He didn't really say much, so I don't know what he'll do next. I'm so unbelievably embarrassed right now.