The Boss Is Late . . . Again
Being on time for a scheduled meeting demonstrates professionalism and respect for other people, so one might expect bosses to be particularly diligent in order to set a positive example. Some supervisors, however, have a tendency to routinely show up late, and since it probably wouldn’t be wise to chew the person out for his behavior, participants usually just exchange secret glances and seethe silently about wasted time.
While it is possible that the boss either likes to make a grand entrance or really doesn’t see how his actions inconvenience anyone, there is another possibility – one that may make those waiting feel less annoyed. As this article notes, the nature of a higher-level position is such that it has a variety of competing demands. More than likely, the boss isn’t sitting around socializing or playing Angry Birds but rather doing something that he judges to be important at that moment. It doesn’t mean the people kept waiting aren’t valuable or that he wants to waste their time (most bosses aren’t keen on their charges just sitting around). Rather, part of the position is the prerogative to judge what needs to be taken care of at that very minute.
Still miffed? Consider these ideas:
- Bring along a laptop and get some work done.
- Catch up with colleagues on office matters that aren’t on the agenda.
- After 10 minutes, call or text the boss to ask if it would be best to cancel or reschedule the meeting.
- Schedule the meeting at a weird time, such as 11:07. Hopefully, the boss will have “around eleven” stuck in his head, wrap up whatever he was doing at eleven, and make it to the meeting on time.
- Confirm that the time reserved for a weekly meeting is still preferable. Maybe 10:00 on Monday used to be fine but over time has become harder for the boss to make. Moving it to 10:00 on Tuesday may fix the lateness problem.