Boss is frequently late to meetings – should I say something?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@baileyjosephine:  Do you sit near him?  My boss is habitually late to meetings and I just don’t get up to leave until he does.  But my cube is right outside his office door.  Perhaps on your way to your meeting you could stop by and fetch him “Hey boss, you ready for our meeting?” 

Post # 4
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@baileyjosephine:  I’m not sure how your office works, but could you buzz him on an intercom and say ‘it’s time for our meeting, let me know when you’re reading for it’ that way you don’t leave your desk/stop working until he’s ready.

Unless you can do it VERY gently I wouldn’t mention it.  If he’s your boss and he’s affect your productivity, it’s his perogative.

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

no way!!

Post # 6
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t have the courage! Are you close with your boss?

Post # 7
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Nope, I wouldn’t say a word. If he has a admin assistant I’d just quietly ask her to call you when he arrives so you can make a bee line to his office for the meeting.

Post # 8
1287 posts
Bumble bee

coming from the enviornment I work in, I would never tell MY boss about being late to a meeting.  It’s not appropriate.  He is your boss.  There is a level of respect there.  

My suggestion: Next time he sets up a one on one meeting, prior to the meeting just politely tell him that if he thinks he’s going to be a little late, to come get you prior to the meeting because you are going to stay at your desk because you need to work on XX project. 

Post # 9
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Generally, you are never allowed to comment about your boss’s lateness.  However, if it affects your productivity then you probably need to say something.  I would be very polite and soft about privately telling that you need to reschedule the meeting because you need to work on project X.  But in all honesty I would try to figure out some way around it because he is the boss and bosses in general do not like being called out for bad behavior.  I would bring work with me to do while I wait or ask his assistant to buzz me when he is actually ready to meet with me; if he asks why I wasn’t there and waiting for him I would point out that I was finishing part A of Project X.  But you may not ever get around it because some bosses just like to make you wait because it establishes that they are in fact the boss of you.

Post # 10
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

I’m close with my boss and make jokes about him being late…
But i would never be serious with him being late. he is my boss and he pays me; i dont pay him to meet with me. lol… i’ll sit there as long as i have to to wait on him…i’m still getting paid:)
But i will make a joke about it. and say “well since you finally decided to show up” So he knows i noticed him being late. lol

Post # 11
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@baileyjosephine:  I wouldn’t address his lateness, but rather try to avoid it alltogether. Perhaps you can call up his office before the meeting and ask if he is ready or have his assistant (if he has one) buzz you when he’s ready.

Post # 12
2052 posts
Buzzing bee

@baileyjosephine:  No WAY NO WAY NO WAY!

My boss is ALWAYS late to meetings!  The only person who should be concerned is their boss, please don’t get on your boss’s bad side!

Post # 14
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d never talk to my boss about him being late.  Insted, if you notice a pattern that he is 15 minutes late every meeting, just make sure you don’t schedule something for right after your meeting- make it 15-30 minutes later.

Post # 16
989 posts
Busy bee

@baileyjosephine:  My boss works an hour and a half drive away and is ALWAYS late for planned meetings – usually by an hour or more. She was once meant to be at my work for a meeting at 10.30 and arrived 10 minutes before my lunch break! I went to lunch anyway. What’s funny is that when my workmates and I have to travel to her office, we have to leave at 7.30am to be there by 9am. Frustrating? Hell yes! But I’d never say anything to her as she IS the boss after all, it’s not really up to us to pull her up on her tardiness. There isn’t too much you can do, maybe just continue working until your boss is ready for the meeting? Ask him to call you in when he is ready?

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