I don't get paid for this! Advice?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mrshoneybee:  So right now, you are not being innundated with work from Darlene, correct? If not, don’t bring it up. It would definitely be a poor choice to complain about something that isn’t happening yet. I would continue to be polite, and help her out on small projects. However, if you find working on her tasks is causing a serious interruption to your regular duties, then speak up. You could say something like “oh Darlene, I’m so sorry, I am swamped this week. Manager XYZ has me working on project ABC and it’s taking up any available time I have.” 

You need to be polite but firm, as well as honest. There’s a good chance Darlene could go to your Manager and ask about your workload. If your manager ok’s her giving you work, then yes, you are getting paid to help out. 

Listen, my advice is to not burn bridges. Work until it becomes an issue, and take it up with your manager then. If she continues to request your time, then talk with your manager and ask for clairification again. 

Post # 6
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4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would wait until Darlene actually asks you (or tells you) to help out, and then assess whether or not it’s an option. It’s easier in the moment to say that you would love to but you won’t have time with all of the other work that your manager expects you to take care of (even if you really don’t have THAT much work). If Darlene then goes to speak to your manager, your manager will back you up anyway because she doesn’t want you taking on projects for Darlene. 

Post # 7
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1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mrshoneybee:  ugh, I know people like that. 

I still think even if she tells you (which is SO rude, btw) you should say: “You know what, Darlene, Manager XYZ has me working on some urgent tasks and I won’t be able to get to your request for a while. I’m sorry I’m not able to help you out.”

You need to stick up for yourself! Be firm and polite, and smile as you “apologize.” Telling you to do something, especially when she isn’t your manager, is very rude and unprofessional, even more so since she was told you don’t do work for her. 

Again, be firm. She’s walking all over you because you’re letting her while you wait for her to listen to your manager. Here’s a hint: it ain’t gonna happen. You are not going to get in trouble for refusing work. Communicate with your manager and you’ll be fine. 

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