Thursday, February 28, 2008

Beyond the Call of Duty

My supervisor keeps scheduling "mandatory workshops" on Sundays and in the evenings. When I say that I can't make it, she says, "No problem, you can come next Sunday instead!" When I say that no, I really can't make it, I need to be with my children during those hours, she chirps, "No problem, bring them with you!" (Oh, puleez.) When I sigh heavily and glare at her, she says, "Great, see you then, don't be late!"
Whattsa matter with this woman? When I took this job, I put down my hours as M-F 9:00-4:00. The whole REASON I took this job was so that I could be there when my kids get home from school and would no longer need to use a babysitter. But so many employers seem to think that they can schedule meetings and conferences outside of regular working hours, and employees are expected to attend. I think that if it's out-of-hours, it should be out of bounds.


Jacob Da Jew said...

You gotta make her feel guilty for suggesting these meetings.

My boss was trying to make me do some work from home so I explained to him that "its my meditation time" which enables me to work efficiently and if I dont have this time, I cant work well. He backed off.

Tell her how its your children's quiet time with you and if you dont spend time with them, they'll be stunted and hunt her down for taking away mommy.

Bas~Melech said...

Jacob, I think you're missing the point -- Messing with someone's meditation time is really un-PC. Messing with children is not. :-P

I have this problem too, albeit without the children... In fact, it's especially without the children -- I work for frum employers who think young singles were created to serve them. After all, you don't have a family to take care of, you must have plenty of available overtime!

Besides, I'm a teacher -- even if you fill up all of my prep time with meetings, I still need to be ready to teach the class that day. Even if the meeting was an "emergency." That's just not fair.

Baila said...

Do you work for the board of ed?

SuperRaizy said...

I think that bas-melech has a valid point. Women are often reluctant to assert their need for family time to employers because they are worried about appearing uncommitted to the job. But truthfully, nobody should have to defend their off-hours activities to a boss. It's just not their business.

Yes- principals always seem to think that you're "not busy" during prep periods, and they ask you to substitute, supervise the lunchroom, attend meetings...

No, I'm a SEIT now, I work for an agency that places teachers in preschools.