Manager Confronts WFH Team Member about Offline Status, Sparks Office Drama

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A manager has recently been accused of being a "dinosaur" after confronting an employee about their tendency to go "offline" during work hours while working from home. The employee, who was previously granted permission to work from home three days a week due to childcare responsibilities, was defensive and sarcastic when asked to be available during certain hours. The manager's request was made in order to ensure that internal clients and external stakeholders could reach the employee when necessary, as well as to prevent other team members from following the same example. The situation has sparked a debate on whether the manager was right to ask the employee to be available during specific hours or if the employee should have the flexibility to work as they please. What do you think?

Navigating hybrid work schedules with physical files 🗂️

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WFH request leads to office drama and tears 😢

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Is Sarah slacking off or taking well-deserved breaks? 🤔

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WFH team member causing confusion by going offline, manager confronts.

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WFH team member defends offline status, sparks office drama 😱

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WFH team member's offline status sparks office drama 💻🔥

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Office drama erupts over WFH team member's comment 🤔

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Manager explains how Sarah's offline status affects her job.

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WFH team member's offline status causes division-wide inconvenience ⏰

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WFH privileges abused, manager confronts employee, sparks office drama 😱

Working from home (WFH) can be a sweet deal, but it's a privilege that comes with responsibilities. A manager shared their ordeal with an employee who abused their WFH privileges and sparked office drama. The team member had requested to WFH more frequently to take care of their kids, but their behaviour had become erratic. The employee would go offline or away on Skype during office hours and was unresponsive to internal clients and external stakeholders, affecting their work and causing confusion. After confronting the team member, the manager requested a minimal working schedule for the employee to be available during office hours. To the manager's surprise, the team member became defensive and sarcastic, causing tension and leading to negative comments about the manager. The post raises questions about the appropriate use of WFH privileges and the importance of communication and respect in the workplace. In the next section, we'll dive into the reactions and comments of users who shared similar experiences or different perspectives.

WFH team member's unresponsiveness sparks office drama, NTA

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NTA. WFH employees evaluated on teamwork and engagement, not just work.

LouisV25 | LouisV25

WFH policies need consistency and clarity for all employees. 🏠

cabinetsnotnow | cabinetsnotnow

Is Sarah really unreachable or just appearing offline? 🤔

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Past post history raises doubts about interaction with WFH employee.

ShortPeak4860 | ShortPeak4860

Employee's offline status may not accurately reflect availability. 👍

ConCaffeinate | ConCaffeinate

WFH employee monitored by external stakeholders; privacy breached. 😱

CawSoHard | CawSoHard

Misunderstanding causes drama over WFH team member's status 🤔

Lost_and_wandering_ | Lost_and_wandering_

Is micromanaging WFH employees weird AF or necessary for productivity? 🤔

JetItTogether | JetItTogether

WFH team member sparks drama by not communicating availability 🤷‍♀️

clutteredshovel | clutteredshovel

Addressing productivity vs. presence monitoring in WFH communication 🤔

fakeperson993 | fakeperson993

Establishing basic productivity standards while WFH, NTA.

Graflex01867 | Graflex01867

WFH team member's absence causes office drama 🤔

17riffraff | 17riffraff

Is Sarah really offline or just away from her computer? 🤔

hidilyhodilyneighbor | hidilyhodilyneighbor

WFH employee's availability concerns impact her output 🤔

PeggyHW | PeggyHW

External stakeholders seeing online status is insane 🤯

Save_the_Manatees_44 | Save_the_Manatees_44

Accountability is important in remote work. NTA for checking in.

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Managing customer expectations is key, offline time is reasonable 🕒

Revolutionary_Bee700 | Revolutionary_Bee700

Manager's power trip causes chaos in WFH team 🤦‍♂️

gaalvarez | gaalvarez

WFH parent accused of not working full-time, sparks drama 🤔

MackinawDreams | MackinawDreams

In-house lawyer offers helpful tips to handle WFH abuse. 🏠💼

Legallyfit | Legallyfit

Manager sparks office drama by seeking internet validation. ESH.


Slacking off while WFH? Beware of the consequences 😬

Yoda2000675 | Yoda2000675

Lawyer explains the importance of punctuality and WFH etiquette 🕒💼

jepeplin | jepeplin

Being reachable to stakeholders is crucial for work performance. NTA 👍

WhiteJadedButterfly | WhiteJadedButterfly

WFH privilege not right, colleague got 'ripped a new one' 😳

Aussiebiblophile | Aussiebiblophile

Former norms persist, but work must be done. NTA's advice explained.

Spector567 | Spector567

Empathy for WFH worker facing power dynamics and insecurity. 🤝

BurnedPotatoe | BurnedPotatoe

Follow work guidelines or find another job 💼👔

unklejoe23 | unklejoe23

WFH drama: Manipulative employee causes office tension and gossip.

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Clarifying communication breakdown in remote work situation 🤔

Korrin | Korrin

WFH team member faces consequences of being offline at work.

Qierce | Qierce

Supervisor confirms overseeing entire team, including Sarah 👍

BeepBlipBlapBloop | BeepBlipBlapBloop

Is being constantly online necessary for remote work? 🤔

Griffithead | Griffithead

Balancing work and communication expectations when working remotely 🤔

Ballbag94 | Ballbag94

Is this job really worth the drama? 🤔

Crafty_Editor_4155 | Crafty_Editor_4155

Balancing responsiveness and productivity in a distracting work environment 🤔

bunnycook | bunnycook

Ignoring emails leads to WFH drama and phone fails 😬

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Balancing trust and productivity in a remote team 🤔

aztec1313 | aztec1313

Trust issues with WFH team member spark office drama 🤔

Terrible-Owl-76 | Terrible-Owl-76

Balancing work and personal life while working from home - ESH

housechef2442 | housechef2442

Commenter sparks office drama with controversial WFH opinion 😱

Ordinary_Soup4288 | Ordinary_Soup4288

WFH slacker admits to keeping status available even while napping 😴

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Prioritizing mental health and reasonable work expectations during pandemic 💻🧠

Trulio_Dragon | Trulio_Dragon