Regular bee going anon for this one…
Tell me, how would you approach this situation? I’m having a hard time not taking it personally/pregnantly and need input on a rational way to handle it.
I work at a University. My department has given me a meal plan for lunch in the dining halls for the last 7 years, since I started working here (important: I’ve had 3 positons in the same department during that time, but always the same supervisor). This week, I was informed I would no longer be getting meals, due to some departmental drama of which I had NOTHING to do with.
My boss told me that our live-in employees would keep meals. She told me she would be giving another Director a departmental card for his staff to eat with students when needed. She told me no one else in our offices would have meals anymore.
Today during lunch, the entire department mentioned above was gone. I sent a message to the director and asked where they were so we could eat together. When he got back, he came to see me. He asked if our boss had talked to me. I told him she did. He told me they were in the dining hall. He then told me our boss gave him a card with 100 meals on it for his staff to eat in the dining hall 2-3x a week, with no other qualifiers. This is in direct opposition to what she told me.
I’m frustrated for a myriad of reasons– financial, personal, logistical. However, the most frustrating is that I feel like I am not trusted for some reason. It’s a huge morale killer. A similar thing happened when my cell phone got taken away last year, which had also been paid for for 5.5 years. It’s almost as if I am slowly being marginalized for some reason… but I don’t know why.
Add to that, I am a pregnant lady who rarely knows what she wants to eat when packing a lunch the night before. Also, food is expensive. I’m not having the cost of my meal plan replaced in my paycheck, so I am actually losing money as well.
Ideas? Because right now, I’m going to overreact if I address the issue and I don’t want to be *that* crazy pregnant lady. I also don’t want to play he said/she said, but I feel like I should say something, though I am fairly confident nothing will change.