The class went “oooh” and “ahhh” when the note came down from above.
“Andrew G.R., please report to the principal’s office.”
The blood rushed from my face as I journeyed to meet my maker. I walked down the narrow, fluorescent-lit corridor with my mind racing. How did he find out?
“Andrew,” Principal Schulman said, sternly. “We have a problem.”
Fighting tears (this was fourth grade!), I stared down at my feet, unable to fill the silence with anything worthwhile.
“It appears that you have next Friday off because of a family trip.”
Where is he going with this? I wondered.
“That is the day of the class trip to Yankee Stadium. And because I know they are your favorite team, we have decided to move the trip up a day. So, you will be able to attend, after all.”
What?! All of that buildup for good news?! And here I thought he knew about that incident in the girls’ bathroom….
The feeling of anxiety that often accompanies being called to the principal’s office never leaves your side. The principal becomes the boss and you remain a student (of sorts) until you ARE the principal.
Many Jobacle readers, as well as friends of mine, often complain about being called in to the boss’s office. There is no substitute for face-to-face communication, which is one of the reasons he or she might do it. But in this day and age of the remote workforce, I can’t help but wonder if fewer people are getting called in to the boss’s office than ever before. For instance, my boss often assigns me projects or tasks via E-mail or phone, but there are occasions when he will summon me to his office. At first, these visits appear random, but look closer, or work at one place long enough, and a pattern will emerge. Here are seven reasons why you get the call—the 7P’s…
Read more of my post at U.S. News & World Report.