Saturday, May 27, 2017

Supervision with my shoes off

I had a supervision session with my line manager where she reviews my work and performance. We couldn't find a room to use, so we decided to go outside, as it was sunny. My boss suggested sitting under a shady tree, so I got my picnic blanket out of the car. We thus had our session sitting on the picnic blanket with our shoes off.

It seemed perhaps a little surreal to be reviewing my performance sat on a picnic blanket, but it was a nice change. Perhaps it might seem a little overly familiar, though my line manager did come to the housewarming party in my apartment a while ago (and complied with my no-shoes rule).

11 comments:

Bob said...

given the relaxed setting for your review I assume that your review was a good one...congragulations

Matthew Celestine said...

Thanks. She seems to be fine with my performance at the moment.

Paul said...

Were you in your work clothes but with shoes off?? This seems a bit odd.

George said...

This reminds me something that happened to me a while ago.

It was a beautiful May day and I was walking, around my lunchtime, in a park adjoining my office building. There was a beautiful lake there and I was walking on the path next to it. Here and there you could see people on their blankets enjoying their lunches in this pretty setting. A girl was sitting on her large pretty blanket; I recall stopping by her and asking her some question. She answered and then asked me something too, and a conversation started. I was standing and she was sitting. After a few minutes, she invited me to sit next to her and added, "Can you please take your shoes off if you put your feet on the blanket? I never wear shoes on this blanket, I don't know why." It is then when I noticed that her shoes were off and she was sitting on the blanket in her stockinged feet. I complied with her request even though it first felt a little strange. Here I was, dressed for work rather than for a picnic, sitting on her blanket in my socks, with my shoes being outside of the blanket next to hers. But then it got more comfortable. She seemed very happy that I complied with her request. I saw her again next day and she invited me to sit next to her on her blanket again, politely reminding to me about no shoes on her blanket. I recall we went out on a few dates after that.

Mark said...

Yesterday we were on a train travelling from Carlisle. A young lady had put her case on the luggage rack and wanted to get it down. She had to stand on the seat. She took her shoes off before standing on the seat. That's as it should be. It's a fair bet she removes shoes at home as well.
It's nice to see other people being considerate and polite.

Matthew Celestine said...

Yes, it's good to see.

Paul said...

A very considerate young lady. Alas, most would stand on the seat with their shoes on, especially here in the US but in the U.K. too. I wonder whether that lady was foreign.

Mark said...

she was Scottish

Paul said...

How do you know she was?

Mark said...

How do you think?

Paul said...

Let me guess... she spoke with a Scottish accent. Am I right?