- Is there an issue when my directs forward my meeting requests to other people?
- If so, how should I handle this?
I work at a small consultancy, and we regularly have staff placed at a number of our customers. At the current customer where I manage 5 direct reports, the company has cultural practices around email that include copying many people to keep them informed and always using "reply-all." An extension that I have noticed of this is that when meetings are scheduled, the meetings can often be forwarded to other people that the original organizer did not intend.
This is particularly troublesome when you try to get time on someone's calendar for a pre-wire to the big meeting. When they see the topic they decide to invite everyone who they think should know about the impending discussion under the umbrella of "transparency."
Now my directs are starting to follow the same behavior, forwarding my meetings to other folks or directs they think I should share my information with. Luckily, MS Outlook let's me know what they did.
I fundamentally think this is horribly rude, cause you don't invite folks to a party if you aren't the host. But maybe I am just seeing it from the wrong side.