I work in a professional office where we do not have a set schedule although we typically work over forty hours in a week. I come in early so I can get my work done and leave for home by 4:00. (Most of my clients are on the east coast and I work on the west, so this schedule works well). One of my colleagues tends to come in around 10:00 and then work late. She always talks about her long hours and she seems to be viewed by management as one of the hardest workers (at least in terms of hours). Several times a week as I am leaving for the day and pass her office, she yells out a farewell including my name. She does this to other people, too. I’m pretty sure she is trying to make it seem as though we are slacking off by leaving early. I don’t want to adjust my schedule just for the sake of public relations. Other than telling her to shush, what can I do about this?
— Early Bird
Start using the fire escape.
— Evil Skippy
I had a co-worker like this once upon a time. Do what I did. Start scheduling meetings with managers who also report to work on the early side and include this co-worker. When she complains about the start time (probably in an email), reply with a cc to the managers that you forgot that she likes to “come in later”. Another option is to yell, “Good morning, Mary! Or should I say good afternoon?” when she arrives for work.
Of course, the best thing that you can do is not let her antics get to you. When she yells farewell, respond confidently with a farewell back. You have nothing to hide. If you are truly concerned about your reputation, talk to your supervisor. Don’t mention the Hall Monitor. Just tell him or her that you want to make sure your hours are working well for what the workplace requires. Based on what you wrote to me, the answer is probably going to be that everything is fine.