Employee Sits Back And Watches Their Boss Struggle As They Attempt To Use “Quit Quitting” Accusation To Make Them Volunteer For More Shifts.

This story revolves around an employee who is known for their reliable work ethic, but prefers to stick to their scheduled hours and not take extra shifts. However, due to the company’s recent personnel issues, the management is now resorting to asking employees to volunteer for double shifts, extra days, and weekends.

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So I’m going to preface this with a brief description of my work ethic. Just about everywhere I’ve worked, you could consider me as the “anchor employee.” I show up during my scheduled shift on time, and unless there’s an actual emergency or death in the family, I always show up. I’m more reliable than death and taxes. On the other side of the coin, I don’t usually take extra shifts. I do my 40 hours reliably, so I don’t have to.

My company has been pretty shorthanded lately because they bit off more than they could chew with a contract. They tried supplementing it with temps (instead of hiring more people) and obviously that bit them in the a** in the long run. Now they’ve resorted to reducing the number of required workers in departments and taking volunteers for double shifts, extra days, and weekends.

The other day I was coming back from my lunch hour, and my boss waved me over to his desk. He’s also accompanied by the regional site manager, who goes to different locations. They tell me to have a seat, and the boss goes on about the personnel issues. So I finally addressed the elephant in the room.

“So, you’re going to hire more people, right?”

The boss and the regional manager look at each other, and the regional manager chimes in that they’re working on it. They reminded me of the $250 referral bonus if I bring someone in and they stay for at least 6 months. I’ve recommended people, but they don’t like the work schedule and never applied.

Anyway, the boss starts going on about “quiet quitting.” I know what it is, and it’s absolute bullsh*t, but I decided to humor him and let him continue his explanation. I waited for an opening and decided to get straight to the point.

“What does this have to do with me?”

The boss brings up my schedule and passive aggressively laments that I’m working 40 hours every week. Then he pulls out the volunteer overtime sign up sheet.

“Okay, then do you want me to work more days or something?”

Then he goes on the defensive. That’s when I remembered that my union contract says all overtime is exclusively voluntary. The boss continues going on circles trying to weasel in that he wants me to take more shifts by reiterating that I’m only working 40 hours.

“If you want me to take more shifts, then tell me you want me to take more shifts.”

The boss looks over to the regional who kind of shrugs in a “f**k it, we tried” type of way. Then he takes his glasses off and starts massaging his temples in a frustrated manner. I start to get up.

“If you want me to take more shifts because you’re short handed, all you have to do is tell me.”

Then I leave and go back to working my job within my scheduled hours.

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