I don't get why my department director has hired managers he obviously doesn't trust. He had knee replacement surgery yesterday, and he called to check in while he was still in the recovery room. Then he called again this morning. He does the same thing any time he's away from the office - vacation, illness, etc. - and it's often multiple calls per day. Given he's the director, I can understand the need to check in if he's going to be out for long stretches, but if you can't trust the managers under you to run the office for a couple of days without being checked up on, you made a poor decision at some point along the way. I don't think you and I have the same definition of "from scratch."