Dear Jane: Face-Time Faux Pas

by admin 30. May 2013 06:00

"DearDear Jane,

I walked into a team meeting yesterday, and the partner on the matter sarcastically asked, "Do you still work here?" I was taken aback and did not respond, but the comment is eating at me. My hours are good, and everyone loves my work, so it must be based on my lack of "face time" in the office. What should I do?

Signed,

I'm Not As Productive Working in the Office

 

Dear I'm Not As Productive Working in the Office,

This type of comment is not positive. Before doing anything, take a moment for self-evaluation. Do you have a visibility issue at work? Are you making good choices about where you work? Are you missing opportunities by working out of the office? What are the "face-time" expectations of the partners with whom you work? After you've reflected on these questions, make a decision about what you will do differently, if anything. If you choose to spend more time in the office, I recommend you go talk to the partner who made the comment and let him/her know you heard him/her and will be in the office more often.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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