I work in a professional services firm (think law firm, accounting firm, and agency, etc.). One of the people on my firm’s management committee invited about half the office to a networking party at his home. (We get paid based on clients that we originate, but all of the clients at the event were his.). I accepted.
The day before the event, a huge work project came up, and I had to spend much of the day of party (a Saturday) working, and a call was even scheduled during the party. But I said I’d go, so I did. It was a 70 minute train ride, and at the destination train station, there were no taxis (despite what the station website says) and Uber was a 20 minute wait. I had expected to zip from the station to his house, stay a bit and then zip back, but the Uber delay meant that I’d arrive when the party was ending and would miss the train that I needed to take back (to the office), so I just gave up and took the train home.
I emailed him while at the station, telling him that Uber was having delays. He didn’t respond until late that night and I missed his email: “what happened to you?” Oops.
My senior coworker seemed kind of mad this morning. I explained what happened, and he seemed irked.
I didn’t have a choice: was I to skip actual work for his event? I think not.
I am thinking of buying him a nice bottle of Scotch to make amends, or maybe a model airplane (he loves planes) as a gift. Would that be appropriate?