A Woman Took a Much-Needed Vacation but when She Returned the Office was in Chaos, and Her Irresponsible Co-Worker Blamed the Woman For Not Responding to Emails

Sarah returns from a much-needed vacation to find chaos in the office, and despite giving ample notice and providing necessary materials, is blamed for a co-worker’s mistake.

She Takes a Vacation

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Meet Sarah, a hardworking woman who had been feeling burnt out and in need of a vacation. She and her husband decided to take a much-needed break to the beach and enjoy some much-needed relaxation.

She Notifies Everyone

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Before leaving, Sarah sent emails to everyone in the office, informing them that she would be inaccessible for the week and to come and see her for any work materials they needed before she leaves.

It Was Chaotic

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Sarah gave everyone everything she knew or thought they’d need and left the office feeling confident that everyone had prepared themselves, seeing as she had given them 8 days to do so. However, when Sarah returned to the office, she found chaos.

A Colleague Needed Her

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Apparently, one of her colleagues had needed files for a particularly important client of theirs and had not been able to find them in Sarah’s office. Sarah had warned everyone that she would not respond to calls or emails during her vacation, as she needed a break.

She Was Blamed

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This co-worker knew that they would be handling this client and had 8 days and 12 hours a day to ask Sarah for all pertinent files. However, it appears that they neglected to do so. In any case, Sarah was blamed because the client is technically hers, and she is the supervisor of this particular co-worker.

She Denies

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Sarah contends that she is blameless because this co-worker had 8 days to collect all their files, just like their other co-workers did, and they neglected to do so. However, no one seems to care about that. Sarah feels that she is being unfairly blamed for something that was not her fault.

She Was Frustrated

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Sarah’s frustration is understandable. She had given everyone ample time to prepare for her absence and had provided them with everything she thought they would need. It is not her fault that one co-worker neglected to collect the necessary files for an important client.

Straight to the Internet

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Sarah was frustrated and annoyed with the situation as she felt everyone was given notice to prepare and what should have been a nice break, turned into such a chaotic episode, she decided to ask a popular internet forum for advice.

A Response Comes In

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One person writes, “What happened is unfortunate, but you were clear that you would not be working during your time off. Your office needs a better system. What if you get hit by a bus one day? Or quit? It’s a bad idea to have only ONE employee have access to vital files/clients, for many reasons.”

Another Response

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Another person puts, “I feel this. Even in larger practices – I went away for a week 1 time in 6 years, and I had 350 emails when I checked 3 days in. I refused to answer any, and they were mad about it when I got back; they expected that, even though I wasn’t being paid, my “sense of responsibility would mean I’d check in anyway.” Lol. Anyway, I left that job! Working for a large specialty conglomerate that sounds like a tampon brand has its ups and downs.”

A Final Comment

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A third person comments, “Every business I’ve ever been in had a strict “no personal hardware” policy written into the contract. All business has to be accountable and accessible by IT for security and maintainability. If I get hit by a bus they can technically just retrieve my laptop from my home, give it to one of my colleagues and they can continue where I left off. I’m happy because I can shut the laptop and not see any emails until tomorrow.”

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