Sunday, September 26, 2010

Show Some Teeth

It might be Sunday, but that doesn’t mean my boss didn’t try to ruin my weekend. It came about through an email exchange. Unforeseen circumstances prompted the need for me to change my scheduled vacation time. Originally, I had off 3 days during the 3rd week of October. Now I need to have it the 1st week in October. In an attempt to give him plenty of notice I send him an email asking if I could move up the 3 days. Simple enough or, at least, it should have been.

My boss emailed back that he would prefer if I took my vacation in 5-day increments. My first problem with his response is that I was already granted 3 days off. I’m only asking to move them up sooner. And second, the 5-day rule isn’t an office policy because it doesn’t apply to how my co-workers take their vacation time.

What to do… What to do... I guess I could stand up to him. I would have every right to point out how making me use my vacation time differently than my co-workers sounds a lot like discrimination. But I don’t want to ruin things for my favorite co-worker (so rest assure, my friend, I will not be going that route). Plus saying the “d” word might be the first step down the road that leads to me being fired. And I can’t stress enough how much I still need my job.

So maybe I don’t have any other choice, but to comply. In the past, forced compliance would have me giving him the cold shoulder along with much pouting and dirty looks. It might not do a lot of good, but it would be a warning that I didn’t like what he did. And if circumstances were different, and they could be one day at the drop of the right lottery numbers, there would be no warning only a bite. However, that old way of dealing with the injustices placed on me by my boss doesn’t seem like the best way for me anymore.

I’ll sleep on it and see how I feel tomorrow. I’ll report back in the morning. Stay tuned!

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