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.