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It's been raining virtually non-stop for the past 21 days - I've been counting them. Even if at first I tried to tell myself that I didn't mind as it meant that plant life and crops had a chance to recuperate from what has been a very dry and sunny spring, right now I couldn't care less about their well-being. I just care about my own and I need sunshine, damnit!

Work's been hectic the last few weeks, as with my boss being off on his hols I've had to take on the majority of his tasks as well as taking care of my own, and cram it all into my 28-hour working week. This was always going to be tough, but what made it even more challenging was the barrage of phone calls and e-mails I've had to endure from European manager, my boss's boss. I've mentioned before how much of an oddball he is - turns out I didn't even know the half of it.

First off, he thinks nothing of ending his urgent messages with the observation that since he is neither married nor a father, he doesn't mind staying till the job is done...and he "expects the same from you!" I know I'm not married nor have any children either, but he sends this to all his team, many of whom do have families. And besides, I may not have a family, but I do have a contract, which stipulates that I've been hired to do a part-time job and a part-time job only.

Knowing I clock off at 5pm, he convenes a video conference for 7pm, and gets all huffy when I tell him I can't make it.

His constant phone calls and impromptu chat and webcam sessions are energy-wasting and time-consuming and keep me from doing what I've been hired to do. And yesterday, on my day off, he got in touch to insist I call round all the resellers and service partners in my region that hadn't uploaded the assessments for all product lines or all locations yet and guide them through the process - which takes about 3 hours per assessment per product line per location. They've had 6 months to comply with this requirement for their continued authorisation to provide service on Apple's behalf, and I've been pointing this out to them since I've started in this job; but there just is no truer adage than that you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. So I told him I had other plans for the day, and left him spluttering.

Trouble is, my boss will need his approval for keeping me on after my contract expires...

In another twist to my life's continuing saga of having to deal with managers and their awkwardness, Jobsworth, who has now been unemployed for over a year, has sent me a LinkedIn-request...and I'm unsure how to respond.



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Jun. 25th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
My boss, who has never been married and doesn't have children, is also one of those types who stays at the office all hours. Thankfully, he seems to recognize that not everyone is like him.

As for Jobsworth...yikes. I think I'd just ignore him.
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Tell Jobsworth to shove it.
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Is the European boss North American or British? (That really sounds stupid, huh?)

In N.A. and I think in the UK, that concept of just working flat out to get the job done at a company like the one you work at is simply expected. Contract shmontract.

Positioning it as a not-being married/parent thing is not only stupid, though, it's prolly a human rights violation in some jurisdictions. You do the job on the job because it needs doing, not because who is or is not waiting at home.

Jun. 26th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Is the European boss North American or British?

Neither - he's German.

Honestly, I like this job so much, I really have no problem working longer hours than I'm being paid for; and I have done so virtually since I started, but I have recently been told by HR to knock it off. There's no overtime proviso in my contract and Apple are very strict, not just in the interpretation of warranty but also of employment agreements, esp. since there's an economy drive on.
Jun. 26th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
I imagine his attitude is that because you are only on contract he can ask what he wants from you - and expect it to happen if you want to stay on.

Some people are like that.

That parent/non-parent thing goes both ways too. I once had some co-workers tell me that someone could work Xmas for them as he was divorced. I felt compelled to take them to task and point out that he may still have somewhere else that he wanted to be (he did, he'd already told me). It really shat me off as I feel strongly that things like working Xmas should go on a strict roster and everyone, no matter their circumstances should take their share.

I'm not sure what I would do in your situation - it's a toughie, but I do agree that he's completely out of line.
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