An employer in Trinidad and Tobago has grabbed the mind of her followers in LinkedIn when her employee sought permission from her to have a day off from work. Most employers, in her shoe, will hesitate and ask one of these questions: what is happening, hope there is no problem, who will do your work or other questions. But the case was not so with Brigatte Hyacinth, author of “Leading the Workforce of the Future.”
In a post she made which has gathered over 260,341 likes and 13,501 comments on LinkedIn, her employee approached her seeking permission for a-one-day-off, the request was immediately approved without asking the employee any question relating to her request. Her employee, whom she did not name, was surprised at her immediate approval with even a question.
READ WHAT SHE POSTED ON LINKEDIN
“My new employee asked me one day for time off. I immediately approved it. She was shocked and asked, “Don’t you want to know the reason why?” My reply was, “I don’t need to know the details. I hired you to get the job done and I trust you to get it done.”
“You choose how to get your work done. Come to the office fine. 9 to 5? Fine. Work from home. Fine. Leave early. Fine. Work from the garage while they fix your car? Fine.
“We are all human. I don’t need to know you will be late because of a doctor’s appointment, or you are leaving early to attend a personal matter.
“It’s sad how we have infantilized the workplace so much, that employees feel the need to apologize for having personal lives. I am not a clock watcher. I trust you to get your job done. Keep clients happy. I am happy.
“The future lies in flexible work patterns.