Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Another situation!  Boss claims I left him hanging

It's one thing after another!

Whenever there is a project that we have to do at a certain time, somebody will open a ticket and one of our guys will send out an Outlook request.  My co worker sent it from 12a-12a which means I did not get the alert the night before so I was not aware that it needed to be done.

Boss comes in today and is in for surprise.  He sends an email in which he states that I left him hanging for not taking care of the project last night.  He probably thinks I set him up to make him look bad.

Here what I plan to do: I apologize for the situation he was in, let him know that I never received an alert, and then present a solution to ensure this does not happen again.  Sound reasonable?

I understand his frustration as similar stuff has happened to me before.  There are too many points of failure as it is - the department can forget to submit the request, one of our guys can forget to add the request to the calendar, someone sends the request for the wrong date, etc.
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January 9th, 2018 10:30am
Sounds reasonable.
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
January 9th, 2018 11:23am
Do you really need us to confirm that sounds reasonable?
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
January 9th, 2018 11:23am
Not really, just venting.

A previous boss didn't like when employees offered suggestions and had to think of everything himself.  This guy seems more open to feedback at least.
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January 9th, 2018 11:36am
Why do you need to apologise for something that wasn't your responsibility?

Do you like being subservient?
Permalink The Grim Reaper 
January 9th, 2018 1:21pm
There's a difference between
"I'm sorry about the position somebody put you in and here's a way to prevent a repeat" and
"I'm sorry about the position I put you in and here's a way to prevent a repeat".

Go for it . It sounds like you're getting the hang of things.
Permalink ,ndo 
January 9th, 2018 3:37pm
I'm sorry
http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/945
Permalink Legion 
January 9th, 2018 4:50pm
> My co worker sent it from 12a-12a

What does that mean?
Permalink C 
January 9th, 2018 8:03pm
> Why do you need to apologise for something that wasn't your responsibility?

I was partially at fault but not the only one. 

The guy who entered the project into the calendar set it up for 12A today through 12 AM tonight.  Also he set the alert to go out 12 hours PRIOR to that.  I did receive an alert....on Sunday at noon and it was lost in the shuffle.  The alert should have come in on Monday!  I know damn well my boss got the alert at the same time and he did not bother to say anything on Monday because he didn't know about it!  I think it's partially his fault too.

I just responded to his email and wrote that it was not my intention to leave him hanging, apologized that he was in that situation (and not for anything I did or did not do), made a suggestion on how to avoid in the future.  I got no response and he avoided me the rest of the day.  Like I said before, he doesn't like in person confrontation.

> Do you like being subservient?

I don't think I was being subservient in this situation.  Perhaps the email was too wordy but I wanted to reassure the guy that I wasn't working against him (I'm not) as I'm sure he was embarrassed in front of some of the other managers because it wasn't done.
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January 9th, 2018 11:28pm
> There's a difference between
"I'm sorry about the position somebody put you in and here's a way to prevent a repeat" and
"I'm sorry about the position I put you in and here's a way to prevent a repeat".

Yes I tried to make that clear without throwing the guy who added the event to the calendar under the bus.
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January 9th, 2018 11:32pm
> What does that mean?

Instead of adding the project at the time it needed to be completed, he added it for 12 AM to 12 PM and tweaked the notification setting so it went out early Sunday, a whole day and a half before the project was to be worked on.  It's a time sensitive thing.
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January 9th, 2018 11:34pm

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