Need to vent...being volunteered by someone else to do overtime...WHAT?! - page 2

by uRNmyway 6,957 Views | 51 Comments

So for the second weekend in a row, the NM at the HH agency where I work basically volunteers MY services to do the early morning shift on Sundays. This is besides the fact that I already work M-F 8-5. She gets the owner to call... Read More


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    Saying 'no' ocassionally should not jeopardize your job. If you have other plans, tell them. Ask for double time, or time off during the week if they think they may need you over the weekend.

    Don't let them abuse you.
    tewdles, joanna73, FLArn, and 6 others like this.
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    I understand, but I see how many resumes for nurses come in the office, nurses desperate for work. I am kind of reluctant to blow them off when someone would give their first born child to get a job in this economy...
    well that is the risk you take. that is it. nothing will chAnge. where i work we are illegally mandated. no one speaks out too loudly. one did and has since left. I dont think it was completely voluntary either
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    So for the second weekend in a row, the NM at the HH agency where I work basically volunteers MY services to do the early morning shift on Sundays. This is besides the fact that I already work M-F 8-5. She gets the owner to call me and say that they really need me to go because someone called in sick. That the NM said she would go in from 3-7pm if *I* went in from 7-3. "You don't need to go in, but we REALLY need you to go." I mean, come on. When the owner of the company you work for says that, can you even say no?

    Ok, end rant...
    I had a co-worker who would use that tactic, that I believe is quite manipulative - because if you say no you risk the owner seeing you as the lone obstructionist and not a team player while the other nurse looks selfless.

    If it is truly a coincidence that this happened two weekends in a row and you expect they will be hiring more reliable weekend back-up I'd let it slide - if on the other hand they are happy to stretch the existing staff thin as a matter of normal business operations you have every right to say something about it. They may assume you want overtime hours.

    If it goes on I can guarantee you won't really enjoy your days off because you never know if it will be interrupted due to someone calling in "sick". When you then hear the actual bs reason they called in it just makes it worse. Oh, you were stuck in Las Vegas, huh? I guess you forgot what you told the manager?

    If your NM and owner are not aware of your feelings on this I see no reason not to bring it up. I doubt they would fire you on the spot just for discussing it with them.
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    When asked to work my off Sunday mornings I ask for the next Friday off in exchange. Management would rather pay someone else overtime on Sunday than try to fill my Friday slot ;-)
    tewdles, joanna73, and xoemmylouox like this.
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    Is it legal for them to fire you for refusing to come in on your day off? I say no half the time but what I do do is apparently not enough..sigh. At this point I really dont care.
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    Quote from Sparrowhawk
    Is it legal for them to fire you for refusing to come in on your day off? I say no half the time but what I do do is apparently not enough..sigh. At this point I really dont care.
    If she's in a right to work state, yup.
    KelRN215, anotherone, MBARNBSN, and 2 others like this.
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    "Sorry I can't do it", "I have other plans", "no", or my favorite, "no thanks".
    aileenve, joanna73, and GrnTea like this.
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    Honestly, there really is an easy solution to this and others have already indicated it: say "No." You should not let yourself feel pressured to come in by another staff member who hinges their attendance on yours without your consent.

    That being said, I can also understand your concerns about "blowing them off." If you feel better about throwing them a few extra hours that they need, then do so. But at the same time, I would make it clear to them that it is based on your convenience and that you will not always be available to do so.
    joanna73 and CrufflerJJ like this.
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    Quote from Jeweles26
    ...snip...When the owner of the company you work for says that, can you even say no?

    Ok, end rant...
    Ummm...yes, I can easily say no. That's if/when I respond to the message left on my cell phone or home answering machine.

    It's all about what YOU want.
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    Thanks all for the advice. I did add my boss's number on my phone, so next weekend if they do it, I just wont answer.
    As to letting them know it wasnt appreciated, I did mention it to my boss already. Thats why she said 'You dont have to, but we really need you to do it'.
    And to make matters worse, my NM didnt even come in today, they convinced the next night nurse to come in early...ugh...
    nursel56 likes this.


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