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Captain Mal Reynolds

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12th Mar 2010 at 12:05 pm

Captain Mal Reynolds - I aim to misbehave

I aim to misbehave

 
I'm still f*cking fuming over work.

Since early last year, the bosses have been telling us that they may occasionally need us to do overtime, stay back an hour here or there if there's something which has to be done. And if we stay back, we can then get that time off later in the week or when things calm down. Just say it to them, and there won't be a problem.

Between September and November, I had to have done about 20 hours overtime to get a big project finished. But after we were finished that project, I had other projects to do which had been put on hold because of the bigger one. Fine. Thats alright. I'm a team player, and if the work has to be done, it has to be done. I want to keep my job, and I didn't want the business to close. So thats a sacrifice I had to make.

Just before Christmas, we were organising how many days holidays we had left to use before the end of the year. Turned out me and the other employee (the place I work has 2 bosses, and 2 employees) miscounted because we forgot Good Friday or something and booked off one extra day than we had by accident, which meant we would have had to come in for one day between Christmas and New Year. I was thinking of mentioning the time I was owed (the 20 hours) and see if I could get the day off, but the bosses decided that, because they couldn't afford to give us a Christmas bonus, they'd let us have that day off. Fair enough. Was happy with that.

Since the beginning of January, I was put on another huge project. Between January and February, I decided to take a note of my overtime hours. Because of overtime, and I even worked one saturday, I did 3 days worth of overtime. Constantly being told I'd get some time off when it was finished because of the overtime. So after I finished that project, I had a few smaller ones to do which had been put on hold, so started on them. Now, the pressure is off, so I asked for next Friday off because of my overtime. Boss said thats grand.

So we're chatting away, and he's going through what I'll be doing for the next few weeks, and he notes how I'm not too busy next week because we're waiting on some things to come through. So I say "Well, because of the *big project*, I actually have about 3 days worth of overtime done, so if I'm not busy next week maybe it'd be better if I took 2 days off next week while the opportunity is there"

He seemed a bit shocked, but said something like we may be getting new projects in, or the other boss might have something for me to do. So I said that's grand. I didn't need the second day off, just thought it'd be better to take it if things were quiet. So we continued on with the conversation.

Then yesterday morning, he called me up to his office and asked me to close the door. I didn't know what was going on. He asked how did I calculate the 3 days. I said I had been writing it in my dairy just as a rough guide, that it's not like I'm going to be picky over every 15 minutes or anything, but just that, because I knew it was such a big project, it'd be better if I kept a track of my hours on it. He asked me if I took into consideration the day off around Christmas that they gave us. I said I hadn't, I'd forgotten about that. But fair is fair, I don't mind counting the saturday I worked as the day around Christmas. Then he started on at me about how we all have to pull together, we need to do all this overtime to keep the business afloat, the business is struggling, he doesn't calculate how much overtime he puts in etc.

I told him that the reason I did the overtime in the first place was to get the project finished but I did so under the assumption that I'd get the time back when things slowed down, and the only reason I asked for the 2 days off next week was because he told me that there wasn't a lot for me to do next week. I also said that I never once complained about having to do the overtime. And again, he starts on about how we need to do the overtime in order to get invoices out etc. Then he said that the other boss has some stuff for me to do now so to go over to him.

I'm seriously still raging. I don't mind doing overtime and not getting the time back if thats what it takes, but to be treated like this is really f*cking me off. Not since I started have I complained about doing overtime, and most of the overtime I've done over the past year and a half I never asked for, because it was only bits here and there. But come on... 3 days worth of overtime in 7 weeks? I'm not out of line asking for 2 of the days off. I know I'm not. I probably wouldn't even have asked for the third day off.

And he talks to me about the sacrifices we need to make? In those 7 weeks, I went to the gym TWICE. Should have gone 28 times, went twice. Not only did I not lose a stone like I should have, I put on half a stone because I was eating sh*te the whole time and not exercising. I cannot reach the goal I set for myself, the goal that I promised myself I would reach, because of the overtime. But I did so because they told us we could get those hours back another time.

F*ck this place, and all who work in it. Including me. I'm the worst of the lot, because I actually had faith in another human being.
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Captain Mal Reynolds

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12th Mar 2010 at 12:17 pm

Captain Mal Reynolds - I aim to misbehave

I aim to misbehave

 
Thats the worst of it, he made me feel like a prick for daring to have the audacity to ask for the time off. Boo Hoo, your business is struggling. That doesn't give you the right to treat me like sh*t and guilt-trip me into doing more overtime
Mal: Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
Zoë: Big damn heroes, sir.
Mal: Ain't we just.

Captain Mal Reynolds

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12th Mar 2010 at 12:27 pm

Captain Mal Reynolds - I aim to misbehave

I aim to misbehave

 
Quote: Ted 'Smooth' Bundy, Mar 2010
Quote: Tig Trager, Mar 2010
Thats the worst of it, he made me feel like a prick for daring to have the audacity to ask for the time off. Boo Hoo, your business is struggling. That doesn't give you the right to treat me like sh*t and guilt-trip me into doing more overtime


Hmmm you set the precedent by working unpaid overtime so they've accepted that you'll do it. I don't know what the legal deal is in Ireland, but I'd get onto some sort of advisory group (like CAB over here) and ask a few question.

It is common though that business' are using the recession to guilt trip people into doing more work for less under the guise of being lucky to have a job.


I know. But thats the thing, a few hours here and there, fine. If it has to be done it has to be done. But 3 days worth of overtime and to be treated with no respect when I ask for 2 of those days off is bullsh*t to me.

Thing is, what help would the CAB give? Force my bosses to give me the time off, or pay me? Thats the problem, there's only 4 people in this place, 2 of which own the place. Me running to the CAB and challenging them in a way means my likelyhood of keeping the job (or more importantly, getting a good reference) decrease, while tensions here increase. I just want to be treated with some f*cking respect.

They can kiss my a*s if they expect me to keep doing overtime. Unless time off for the overtime is arranged in advance, f*ck 'em
Mal: Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
Zoë: Big damn heroes, sir.
Mal: Ain't we just.

Captain Mal Reynolds

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12th Mar 2010 at 4:35 pm

Captain Mal Reynolds - I aim to misbehave

I aim to misbehave

 
Quote: the doc, Mar 2010
To offer something a little more constructive than the above, why don't you suggest that you draw up a sheet so you can keep track of it? Every time you work over, write down the date, how many minutes/hours you worked and what you were working on, and then get him to sign it every time you do it. That way there's a proper record, signed by him, and he can't be a sh*t and question your timekeeping.

Doesn't sound like the kinda guy that'd go for it, but that's the way we do it and it works out fine. I'm owed twenty odd hours at the minute but it's all there in black and white and I can take the time back whenever I want


Oh he's not disputing how many hours I've done. He knows that I put in a serious amount of hours on it and I told him I wasn't being exact with my timekeeping, just noting it if I stayed back more than half an hour. He just doesn't want to give me all the time back and, in his own words, was taken aback when I mentioned it.
Mal: Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
Zoë: Big damn heroes, sir.
Mal: Ain't we just.

Captain Mal Reynolds

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12th Mar 2010 at 4:44 pm

Captain Mal Reynolds - I aim to misbehave

I aim to misbehave

 
Quote: the doc, Mar 2010
Quote: Tig Trager, Mar 2010
Quote: the doc, Mar 2010
To offer something a little more constructive than the above, why don't you suggest that you draw up a sheet so you can keep track of it? Every time you work over, write down the date, how many minutes/hours you worked and what you were working on, and then get him to sign it every time you do it. That way there's a proper record, signed by him, and he can't be a sh*t and question your timekeeping.

Doesn't sound like the kinda guy that'd go for it, but that's the way we do it and it works out fine. I'm owed twenty odd hours at the minute but it's all there in black and white and I can take the time back whenever I want


Oh he's not disputing how many hours I've done. He knows that I put in a serious amount of hours on it and I told him I wasn't being exact with my timekeeping, just noting it if I stayed back more than half an hour. He just doesn't want to give me all the time back and, in his own words, was taken aback when I mentioned it.


In which case, tell him to get right f*cked cos it really does add up and at the end of the day, why should you do it if the only end result is his pockets getting lined and you being p*ssed off about it? Take a hard line on this one, Baz, that's my advice anyway.


I'm going to take the middle ground I think. I'm just not going to do any overtime unless I'm specifically asked, and I'll arrange to take those hours off within a week. As the bosses, if they can't arrange that, then what the f*ck hope does the business have anyway?
Mal: Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
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Mal: Ain't we just.


 
 
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