This post, I’m in agitate for what I wore when when my boss offset me pick him up for the airport in the middle of the night, was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
I’m on vacation today. This was originally published in 2016.
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I am working at my first profession since I graduated university and I have learned a lot from see your blog. I had a job while I was in high school and in university but it was part-time and in retail and things were different there.
I was wondering what advice you would dedicate for my place. I have been working at my job for approximately 18 months, and this is the first time I have had an issue. On Thursday, shortly after midnight, my boss phoned me. He was at the airport with two other administrators and their transportation had fallen through. He wanted me to come get them and drive them all residence. I didn’t even know his schedule and it’s not my job to pick parties up at the airport. I didn’t want to do it, but at the same time he is my boss and I didn’t want to leave a bad mark because he suggested I didn’t have a choice. I got up, picked the three of them up at the airport, and drove them each home. I had previously booked the day off for an appointment, so when I got home I slept for a few more hours because I didn’t have to work that day.
When I got to work on Friday morning, I was called into my boss’s office. He said I was being written up for my scarcity of following the dress code, and he lectured me on dressing professionally. I wear a skirt suit to work every day and have never had an issue, but he told me he was talking about when I picked them up at international airports. Since it was the middle of the darknes and it was an unexpected seek, I had worn a knee-length t-shirt, leggings, running shoes, and a terrace coat casing. I had brushed my mane and my teeth and my invests were clean. He wouldn’t let me explain myself, and in addition to being formally written up he suspended me for a day without offer( so tomorrow I am dishing my expulsion ).
I didn’t see this coming. It was after midnight when he called me and told me to come pick them up and he knew he was calling me out of bunked. Doing this is not part of my job description in any way and no one who knows about this has ever heard about such a request being procreated before, even for aides( I am not an assistant but a junior underwriter ). I had to drive for over an hour to get them, do another hour and three separate stops to decline them off, and then drive another hour dwelling. I was not refunded for mileage or gas, and it was my personal car and not a company one. Simply the other two overseers thanked me and my boss never did. They all have company credit cards, but none of them used one to get transportation residence. Likewise, when he called me he didn’t mention anything about me needing to dress up in my job robes to make love. My drapes were clean and not rent or anything like that.
I am outraged about my suspension and formal write-up. My boss lectured me for half an hour on being professional and he announced me an unease. If we didn’t have two large-hearted activity sees, I is confident he would have saw my exclusion for Friday. I am being honest with you when I say that I have never had any issue or been disciplined at work before and my one year review was positive. Did I certainly do something wrong by not wearing a full dres when I went to pick them up? I am wondering if it is something common I should have known about.
No, you should not. Your craptastic boss is the right one who’s in the wrong here.
First of all, calling you after midnight for anything short of a terrible emergency is Not Okay( and even if it had been a genuine emergency, it are mostly only be okay if your job could reasonably include dealing with emergencies ). And then asking you to do something that would keep you out for hours — until around 4 a.m. or last-minute, it sounds like? Not Okay.
And then suspending you for wearing the clothes one would expect you to be wearing if called out of the nowhere for a middle-of-the-night airport range? Even a mild talking-to would be inappropriate for that. Suspending you makes it to a whole new level of WTF.
This is, frankly, beyond the pale. Your boss is a jerk on variou levels.
Is this the first time you’ve seen him being ridiculously illogical? It’s hard to imagine that he has seemed like a acceptable being up til now, so I’m curious about what the rest of your experience with him has been.
In any case, if your busines has decent HR parties, you might consider approaching them about this, making it as” I’m really unclear how doing this rather large favor has led to an pay exclusion .”
And in the future, know that you have zero obligation to answer your phone if your boss orders you late at night( accepting you’re not in a job where that’s explicitly part of the package ). If you’re asked him it last-minute, you used to sleep and didn’t hear the telephone. And if you are unlucky enough to answer the phone and you’re faced with an illogical seek like” drive around for hours in the middle of the light ,” your car is unfortunately in the shop and you’re unable to help out.
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