Post # 1
Hi Bees! Happy Monday!
So I got an email from my manager this morning saying we need to talk in regards to the an email he had received about my time stamp from last week. I was kind of worried and thought I must have messed up royally.
I work in an office setting and normally, we are supposed to get into the office at 8 o’clock and leave at 5. Well last Thursday and Friday we had this huge inventory project going on and ended up staying in the office until 9:30 PM on Thursday night and 1 AM on Friday. Mind you both days still coming in at 8 o’clock. According to my time stamp I had clocked in 8:08 AM on Friday morning. I don’t remember clocking in at that time and can almost guarantee 100% I came in earlier but forgot to clock in right away. However, apparantly, the 8 minutes I might have been late are such a big deal that my manager now wants to speak with me about it. This seems a little ridiculous to me. I mean I did work until 9:30 Thursday night and then until much later on Friday with a super short lunch. It just kind of irritates me since I did put in so much effort on both Thursday and Friday and honestly was so mentally exhausted that my whole weekend blew.
I’m not sure how I should enter this meeting with my manager. I was first going to go in apologetic and tell him that I really think I got in earlier and forgot to clock in but the more I think about it the more bothered I am that I have to give him an excuse anyway.
Am I wrong? How would you approach this? Any advice or kind words would be appreciated!
Post # 2
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
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
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
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
Unless you have an ongoing lateness isue, meeting over this one instance is excessive IMO.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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 # 11
MsBeer: Thanks! Hopefully you’re right!! This is seriously something that is making me consider looking for a new position.
smoocheepoo: Kikibear: Robyn0214: Thanks Bees! I do get paid overtime but just thought this was a little excessive nonetheless. I have been working here for a little more than 3 months, have never taken a day off, and only had one other day I was a few minutes late due to there being an accident on the highway. It just kind of bothers me since I feel like I have worked so hard and they are just acknowledging the 8 minutes I was late rather than the work I have accomplished which to me seems so petty. I guess I’ll just be gracious and listen to whatever he has to say.
Post # 12
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 # 13
Kate127: MrsFiveOh: seejanebee: janedw: WestCoastV: I hope you guys are right but just the way the email was written makes it seem like he wants to chastize me about me getting in a few minutes late. The thing is everyone was coming in around the same time and leaving around the same time so it’s not just me who was working so much later. I just think it’s a little petty that he is so upset about 8 minutes when I really spent more than 16 hours in the office that same day and barely had a half hour lunch. Looking for new positions definitely seems like something I really need to start thinking about though.
Post # 14
MelissainNC: Ugh I have never experienced this before so it all seems a little petty to me but hopefully I’m wrong. I’m going into his office now! Will let you know how it goes.
Post # 15
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!!!