Tuesday, February 26, 2019

to Friday, or not to Friday?

I'm getting mixed signals from people as I continue my probe into whether or not our particular team, the R&D team, is getting Friday, March 1, off this week. It's a national holiday, so in theory, we ought to have it off. But where I work on the fourth floor of my building, other teams have told my supervisor that they're going to be in the office on Friday. Meanwhile, our R&D team is under new management—let's call our branch of the company Block X—and a worker from Block X told me today that all of Block X will be off on Friday. My supervisor says it's not clear, ever since R&D transferred to Block X, whether we are fully under Block X's purview, which is annoyingly vague, and I hate such ambiguity. So there's a question as to whether "all of Block X is off on Friday" applies to R&D.

You'd think a straight yes-or-no answer would be easy to extract from someone, but this company is horrible when it comes to diffusion of responsibility through bureaucracy. No one wants to take the responsibility of committing to a firm position on anything. (This is arguably a culture-wide trait in Korea, but that's a post for another time.)

If it turns out we're off Friday, I'm walking on Friday. If not, then I'm walking on Saturday.

So let it be written. So let it be done.

1 comment:

John Mac said...

Walk on!