I’ve had many jobs, all of which have had important deadlines to adhere to. My current job is no different. Several deadlines a day, weekly deadlines, monthly deadlines, even annual deadlines. This makes me very busy, very tired, and very focused.
One deadline in particular expired today. I’m always very prepared for anything that comes my way and I tend to finish whatever is thrown at me way ahead of time. This makes me look good, my team look good, and the company look good. So today I was finishing up some random daily task when I get approached by the guy in charge of operations for the company.
Take a guess as to why he approached me. To tell me I’m doing a great job? To give me a raise? To let me know that he wants me to take on more responsibility because I’m always ahead of the game? To shake my hand and hand over the company?
“Do you want to tell me why you’ve missed the last three deadlines you’ve been assigned?”
I was clearly surprised, the blood rushed to my face, I immediately went over everything I’ve done in the last month in my head and came up short. I’d done everything asked of me and then some and I’d done it extremely well and, as usual, ahead of time. I’m a very organized individual and I document and track everything I do.
So how in the world could I have missed something? Prepare to be enlightened.
The operations manager was out of town last Thursday and Friday and somehow missed any communication I had sent him. Obviously this guy gets a ton of emails every day so I can’t fault him too much. But he’s been doing that job for years. He should know at this point that he needs to go through his emails before he gets in someone’s face about not doing their job. Especially if said person is known for always doing their job correctly and ahead of time. Especially if he wasn’t in the office for two days, followed by a weekend. Especially if he had all day the following Monday to actually go through anything he may have missed. Especially if he ATTENDED AND RAN THE WEEKLY MEETING WITH ALL DEPARTMENT HEADS THAT HE HAS BEEN IN CHARGE OF SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THE COMPANY HE OWNS.
I’m probably being bitter. I’m sure he had a lot going on. Maybe a family emergency. Maybe something crazy stressful that had him preoccupied. Maybe it was an off day. It could be any number of reasons.
But I don’t have time to focus on all that right now. I have a deadline to make.
Stay classy, and I’ll see you at the next stop.