Called Out on Calling In Sick

The work world & social networking world collide. Humor ensues:

From: Martha
Date: Nov 1, 2007 4:18 PM
To: Mike; tom; kevin, ralph; bethany

There is a new intern on my team who has called in “sick” on a couple of occasions.  If you scroll down to the bottom you can see the email from him yesterday to my boss Paul saying that he wouldn’t be able to come into work today because of a “family emergency”.  A co-worker of mine pulled up his face book page (similar to my-space) and found pictures of him at a party last night- so he basically said he had to go to NY for a family emergency because he wanted to party in Worcester for Halloween.   Below is Paul’s response to him…he BCC’d the whole office


From: Paul
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 4:54 PM
To: Tom; Jill;
Subject: RE:

Thanks for letting us know–hope everything is ok in New York.  (cool wand)



—–Original Message—–
From: Tom
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 3:55 PM
To: Jill
Cc: Paul

Paul/Jill –

I just wanted to let you know that I will not be able to come into work tomorrow. Something came up at home and I had to go to New York this morning for the next couple of days. I apologize for the delayed notice.

Kind regards,



Stories like this beg the question: as social networks grow to the point where they map your social graph, how do they become three-dimensional, so that they understand the social terrain. Tom obviously didn’t mind sharing this awesome pic with his friends, who most likely found it hilarious. But his boss; that’s a different story. As those of us who are new college grads can attest to, how you represent yourself in the working world is crucial to being taken seriously and advancing at companies where the average age is sometimes 30 or 40. It doesn’t help that Facebook has saturated the college market, and that its fastest growing age group is now the 25-35 market – namely – my manager. As our work peers start getting on Facebook, we’ll become increasingly wary of our younger friends posting pictures and comments that make us look irresponsible or wild. We’ll ask them not to post, to un-tag pictures, or delete their comments. The resulting chilling effect will begin to erode on the freeness with which many of us share our personal information online, which is at the cornerstone of what makes Facebook so compelling in the first place. As the social graph grows to include the grown-ups, sites may stop being safe treehouses free of parental supervison; and the kids will then leave to find the next treehouse. 


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