Since when does taking vacation mean you don’t show up for work?
Christmas is this weekend. So this is a good time to watch employees differentiate themselves.
I had the opportunity this morning.
It’s an important project. We have contract deliverables due at the end of the calendar year and some are late.
We have a conference call each morning at 8:00am for a “plan of the day” to get this done.
Two people who were on vacation today did not show up on the call
One person who was on vacation did show up on the call
For the rest of the team this was a working day and they all showed up.
The person who was on vacation who did show up on the call is also on vacation all next week and will be traveling to her parents house for Christmas & New Years celebration. This individual has budgets to do which have to be completed by the end of the calendar year.
I asked her is she will complete them. She told me she is taking her laptop with her to her parents house and will complete them next week while on vacation and submit them by the end of the calendar year as promised.
What to learn
People have plenty of opportunities to differentiate themselves
- Committment to promises they make (commitments to themselves) – no matter what
- Committment to the team – They don’t let other team members down
- Committment to the project – The project has contractual obligations which have monetary penalties if not delivered on time.
- Committment to the company – The company’s brand is built on the quality of the projects it delivers
So, for the folks on vacation that could not phone in for a 30 minute conference call for an important project…
… I suppose that “vacation really does means vacation” – no matter what.
Sometimes it’s easy to pick the winners from the losers; the A-Players from the B and C-players…
… and who you would select for your next critical high-profile project.
People just somehow sort themselves out all by themselves.
All you need to do is watch and observe behavior at every opportunity that presents itself.
And those opportunities are plentiful.