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A few years ago, when our offices moved from Amsterdam to nearby Amstelveen, which is really the back of the back of beyond if -like me- you're dependent on public transport, Jobsworth promised me I would never have to cover the late shift after I brought him hard evidence that there are no busses connecting the industrial estate we're on with the rest of the world after 6:45pm. In return, he demanded I forgo my up till then early shift, and since he could show that I came in a few minutes late once or twice a week because of delays on the trains or busses, I agreed. For the past 3 years, my work hours have been from 9:30am to 6pm -- which means I have to leave home at 7:15am and can expect to be back there some time between 8 and 8:30pm. It's not ideal, but it's become what I'm used to.

I was therefore pretty shocked when I found out last Friday afternoon that without consulting me, he had decided that starting from today, I should cover the late shift, from 10:30am to 7pm. Which because of the crappy public transport links means I can't be back in The Hague before 10pm. Of course, I protested. HP is supposedly a company that cares about its employees' work-life balance. But he told me that was my lookout, and he said he didn't recall any agreement between us that I wouldn't be made to work the late shift ever. In the end, he did agree however that telling me I had to cover the late shift from Monday on the Friday afternoon might not give me enough time to figure things out, change my travel arragements and cancel all my evening appointments for the week following, so he's postponed it by a week.

I have a meeting of the flatowner's association coming up next Tuesday. It's important for me to be there because basically, it's about next year's maintenance to my building and the sums I'll have to pay towards it. Now Jobsworth is telling me I can't go to that meeting because he's changed his mind about my working hours.

The man is simply the worst manager ever. He doesn't listen, he hasn't a clue what any of us are dealing with in our jobs on a day to day basis, he tramples all over the rights of employees, he spreads negativity wherever he goes...and there isn't a damn thing we can do about it. We've lodged complaint after complaint, but the higher echelon just doesn't want to know. They won't promote him because they've got his number, but they won't correct him either. Our department's got the worst attrition rate in the company, but no one seems to give a shit.



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Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, that really sucks. *hugs*
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hun.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
I think I would have cut my losses and quit long ago.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I think I would have done too if I wasn't the breadwinner, the one solely responsible for the mortgage...I know you're in that position too, but...I guess I just lack courage.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I've walked away from two jobs. Even after waiting 18 months for someone to employ me out of university, I still quit the first of the two because I was miserable. Okay, the last time backfired on me in the short-term, but long-term it was a decent decision, I'm earning £4,000 more and I've actually got work to do, possibly too much.

It is a risk, but at least unemployment would be highly motivating for the job hunt!
Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
How I hate that man. Perhaps he and Angola could get together. Maybe they'd mutually implode, like a thermonuclear meltdown, and you and I would be shut of them, respectively.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
I must confess that lately I've come to the conclusion that my life would be so much better if he would just slip in the bath and break a leg or something, be out of my hair for a few weeks. It's a horrible thought really, but it does cheer me up.
Dec. 4th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Indeed. I'd send slippery, soapy vibes, but instant karma would probably bite me in the ass, and I'd be the one in a walking cast.
Dec. 4th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Oh no, we can't have that! I think for now, I'll just contend myself with humming the first few bars of 'Instant Karma' whenever he walks past.
Dec. 4th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
My Angola is too stupid for that--it'd go right over her head.

Praying we both get jobs we like better.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
I wonder what's his childhood trauma.

What a jerk that guy is!!
Dec. 4th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
I just tell myself that what goes around, comes around...although it seems to be taking an awful long time in his case!
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
What an arsehole. Can you complain to HR about this "decision"? Work-life balance and all that. Ooh! You must have a health and safety rep there. And a health and safety division for that matter. Your company is legally responsible for your safety on that estate (in this country they are until you reach home!). Point out to them how dangerous it will be for you to try to get public transport out of there late at night. If all that fails, stress is still a safety hazard in itself, and a poor work-life balance will contribute to you suffering significant increases in your stress levels. Need I go on?

Of course, there's another way to draw attention to the problem: leave so you can catch that 6:45 bus home. When it escalates to HR that you are doing this, break down in tears (it's easy to do for me when I'm worked up about something). Crying almost always works to effect change. I know people who've gotten promotions by crying because it scared their managers so much to they did it to get them out of their office!!

As an aside, your commute makes me feel better about the 1hour one I'm going to have after we move house next week. :P

Edited at 2007-12-03 11:51 pm (UTC)
Dec. 4th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Your company is legally responsible for your safety on that estate (in this country they are until you reach home!)

Really? I thought things were pretty well-regulated over here too, but -as I understand it- my employer's health and safety responsibility stops the moment I leave the premises!
Dec. 4th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I am so, so sorry. That is beyond the suck. *smites Jobsworth*
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