Boss wants to have a “quick catchup” without telling me why?

Hi guys:

My boss just sent me a calendar invite for Friday that just says "Quick catch-up"; I have no idea what it's for; I asked him if I should prepare anything for it, he said no need and it's just a quick catchup before the week ends.... what should I expect? It seems ominous... should I be worried? What are these cases usually for?

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Jul 8, 2020 - 4:22pm

Id just go ahead and pack your metaphorical brown cardboard box now..

just kidding- who the fuck knows?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jul 8, 2020 - 11:08pm

His boss must've created an intern account to give him a false sense of security, so it'll hurt 3x worse when Friday rolls around

Jul 8, 2020 - 6:09pm

it's probably just your boss telling you that he wants you to do something different. whether he wants you to do something more, less, or something you are currently doing is a problem you won't find out until then. If you were getting canned, you'd get that email on Friday, not 2 days in advance. My advice, just accept and act casual.

Jul 8, 2020 - 6:36pm

When my manager does that he usually wants to talk staffing. But that's in consulting. Plus, we're working from home. Typing it up in an email would take too much time for him so he puts an event in my calendar. I agree it feels a little strange to get it without any comment on what's it about. But he has more important things to do.

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jul 9, 2020 - 5:36pm

Well if you've read Suetonius, Nero did shit worse than that. OP is actually lucky, as he could find himself tied to a post, naked, with his boss covered with the pelt of a beast and rushing toward his private parts to, as the author puts it, "satiate his brutality".

Jul 9, 2020 - 12:45pm

I mean, not sure how your firm operates, but is it really that unusual to have a 'quick catchup' with your boss? Especially if WFH and can't just walk into each other at the office. Seriously, but for the world I think this would be totally normal, and honestly does sound normal, but you must have some reason to be concerned...... (or maybe just nerves...?)

Jul 9, 2020 - 7:09pm

If the invite is for the afternoon, especially if after 3pm, NOT good. You should try delay doing any extra work for them and start thinking about exit strategies in case you get fired. If it's for the morning, no immediate worries. They never fire people in the morning. They will have to pay you for the entire day, so the capitalist thugs will make sure they get an entire day's worth of labor from you; they usually even give you extra work in the morning and/or make sure you complete/submit any work they previously gave you. If the meeting's scheduled for the afternoon, don't do any extra work for the suckers, even if they try to pressure you in the morning. Oh by the way, if you see HR being present in/suddenly added to your call, you're dead meat, my mate. I wish you the best. Let us know what happens!

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:12pm

Looking forward to hearing an update on this. I'm sweating bullets.


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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 10, 2020 - 3:09pm

how do people have the confidence to make threads like this not knowing how identifiable they are...

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15am

OP here... turned out it wasn't about me - boss checked in on a few projects and announced an internal change at the team (not related to me/my level)....

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