(Closed) Work Vent. Do I have a right to be a little annoyed?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
8813 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

weddingbliss1028:  As a manager myself I would be more concerned about my staff working too many hours and too late. That may be what it is about. Try not to worry. They may just want to check in with you and make sure you aren’t taking on too much.

Post # 3
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Was your overtime approved prior to you working it? I cannot imagine that in this case anyone woulod be upset over eight minutes, unless you are chronically late. 

If it is really about being late, just apologize. If you are normally never late, I would suggest bringing up your good history of being punctual. I actually would not blame it on staying late, just because that might show that you are not capable of working overtime without repercussions. Best to just apologize and move on. 

Post # 4
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That’s a dick move.  Do you get paid overtime?  I assume you do if you’re clocking in.  Frankly I’m too old for that shit – don’t apologize.  I mean, don’t be combative about it, just act confused.  Like “oh, well it was a super long day.  On days I leave right at 5pm I’ll be sure to clock in exactly at 8:00.”  And smile cheerfully 🙂

Post # 5
6373 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

Unless you have an ongoing lateness isue, meeting over this one instance is excessive IMO.

Post # 6
1552 posts
Bumble bee

My last workplace was kinda like this. You have the right to be annoyed! I would say the reason why you checked in late but also mention about how you stayed late that day as well. I hope you are paid overtime!

Post # 7
1054 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldn’t be so sure that it’s about being 8 minutes late, unless you have a pattern of lateness. Just wait and see what it’s about. 

Post # 8
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

weddingbliss1028:  I was a Groomsmen and I agree w/ PP that I would be more concerned with staff working so much overtime – both because of payroll and making sure people don’t get burnt out! 

You know you have been working hard and putting in your time so, Don’t get too nervous- Maybe they want to offer you a salary position b/c of all your effort!

However, if they do actually chastize you about the 8 minsutes. Start looking for another job. There are LOTS of people who reward hard work and extra effort!!!

Post # 9
1053 posts
Bumble bee

Are you sure it is about you coming in at 8:08am?

Are you sure he just doesnt want to talk to you about how much overtime you worked?

Perhaps he has questions about why you there so late etc.


Post # 10
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Don’t assume it’s about being late! It might be an issue about all the overtime. Also, depending on labor laws where you work, you may be required to get breaks every few hours so it could be as simple as you working too many hours straight without taking breaks. 

Post # 12
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ll be curious to see the update.  Although I agree with the PP that it should not be about the 8 minute delay, I did work one place where that would absolutely be the result.  It was awful.  It didn’t matter how late we worked, or if we skipped lunch, but the boss would stand at the office door at 8:00 and chastise us if we were even 2 minutes late.  And we were salary.  Some bosses are just assholes.  OP, I hope yours is not.  Please let us know.  

Post # 15
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

weddingbliss1028:  Unfortauntely, some people don’t see their employees as an integral part of business. Many managers treat everyone as disposable and think “They’ll find someone else” who will do exactly what they want. It (unfortunately) sounds like you might be in that situation so just keep your head high and apologize if needed just to smooth over the next few weeks as you find a new job and give notice. 

The secret to life is hidden behind the word cliche: Don’t undervalue yourself. You must be your own best advocate. 

Good luck Bee!!!

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