I took 2 days paid time off the week of July 4th. I asked my boss for this time off in early June, and he said "oh yeah that's totally fine, I figured most people would take those days off". July 4 fell on a Wednesday, so we booked a flight out Tuesday night from Oakland. We were going to visit my wife's parents in Seattle.
On Tuesday the 3rd, I made it clear the project team (my boss is not involved with this particular project) that I have a 6:40 flight out, so I need to be out the door at 4:45 at the LATEST.
At 3:30 PM, a coworker came up to me with a document to review and do some data analysis on, and he said he was hoping I'd be done by the end of the week. He knew very well I was going to be away the rest of the week.
Just as I was leaving, another coworker came to me and asked me if we could talk about one of the next steps, and that it would only take a minute. It took 15. I left at 5:05, and just barely made the flight. My wife was all pissy that I care about work more than family, and she accused me of trying to miss the flight on purpose.
We got back on Sunday, and on Monday morning at 7:15 AM, I got a call on my cell from another coworker saying "Dan, where are you? you're supposed to be back in the office today." I said "Yes, I will be back today, but as you are aware, I do not come in until 8:45 or 9." He said "OK, well be here by 9." I said "OK, can I please go back to sleep now? thanks"
AT work, a couple people kept making snide remarks about "we're behind schedule because some people took lengthy vacations." and such. I hardly call 2 days a "lengthy" vacation, and I HARDLY call visiting the in-laws a "vacation" at all.
I am catching crap from both sides, and I am sick and tired of it. Is this normal in a work environment??? Anyone else have this problem!?