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How do you recommend dealing with senior supervisors that are workaholics and don’t respect remote work schedules or different time zones and suggest late night 9-11:30pm slot calls on weekdays for non urgent matters?

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Ask to reschedule during normal business hours.

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I think what you have to do at least while you’re trying to build that rapport is choose the time that’s least bad for you. Late night isn’t so terrible if you’re going to be at home anyway, and 9 is better than 11.

"Unfortunately Im not available then but I can catch up on Sunday." Repeat as needed. Unless you deal is signing/closing that Monday, that should be good.

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Sunday isn’t better than late nights? I hate that people just automatically suggest weekend meetings that can be done on Monday morning.

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Have the honest convo to set expectations. If that doesn’t work I would suggest dusting off the old resume

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When I ask for a meeting, I suggest a range of times in the morning with a quick note like “between the time difference & our calendars, the following times seem to be best”… I.e. trying to be the first to suggest the time

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These are all great suggestions! Boundary setting is so hard when your supervisor/colleagues don’t set boundaries themselves. If it’s important enough to you, do your best, and if it doesn’t work / it’s not received well, that may give you the push you need to explore other options!

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We have one in my group, not so much a workaholic just likes to start working at noon and works till late. I gave them attitude once and it solved the issue, but I suspect your person might be less self-aware than mine. Is this person setting up the calendar invites? If so use the "suggest new time" feature. Are they asking you to set it up for a certain time without first clearing whether that works for you? Say "that's actually not a good time for, how about [x].". If they ask "what time works for you?" In an open ended manner, give very specific answers (i.e. 5-8 pm and not any time after 5).

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