I work for a small start-up company as a software developer. I'm usually given quite a bit of freedom when it comes to choosing tools I work with, how I manage my working hours etc., as long as how I spend my time benefits the company's overall goals and deadlines are met. So far, this works well.
Recently our company got a new intern who aspires to become a part-time employee. There's been an agreement that he would spend three days per week (20 hrs total) on doing development work for two weeks so that both the candidate as well as the CEOs could reach a conclusion if permanent employment was an option.
The intern was given a new project to work on, that isn't vital to the company, but nonetheless would be very benefical to growing the business further. He worked on the project for some hours and the first impression was OK.
However, the intern turned out to be unreliable about the work schedule agreement. He tried changing the aforementioned three days per week to other days of the week for several times, and so far has shown up for no more than perhaps half of the agreed time per week.
So presently it is hard to evaluate if he would perform well at his job in the long term, because so far, there isn't much work that he did given the short amount of time he's been actually working. Also, it's unclear if any agreement will be reached at all, given the unreliability regarding working hours agreements so far.
I'm now wondering if I should take the initiative and continue working on the project the intern started, or if that would be disrespectful (possibly hurting his chances of getting into the company eventually). Given all options, I would assume that continuing his project would be the most valuable task I could spend the upcoming hours with.
Given flexible working hours, I would have to start working on that project before I could talk to someone from management. Also, the intern won't be in for at least two days. Just to clarify, I could easily choose a different task to work on. It wouldn't be painful for the company it I didn't continue the intern's project, it's just that I believe it had the greatest gain if I did.