I've been doing PDN for about 8 years. I recently changed offices within the same company that I've been with for just over 2 years. I changed offices to be much closer to home.
The director calls me way too much. Then when we have conversations she complains that I'm hard to get in touch with. That part is really a matter of bad timing. She has called while I'm in the shower, out to lunch/dinner with my boyfriend, at the movie theater (phone turned off), and while I'm sleeping. I have always been good about answering my phone when it rings. I tried to explain to her that it may have been bad timing and that I do call right back as soon as it is a better time. But there is more...
She calls constantly. Like no other director/boss has ever done! I finally wrote a very nice e-mail (papertrail) explaining to her that during my time off I'm busy preparing for the next day of work. And that while I try to answer my phone at work, if I'm in the middle of something with a patient (again her timing is awful) I will call right back and always do. I work 6-7 days a week so the 1 or 2 days I get off are very important to me and I have a lot to do including preparing for the next week at work. She replied and told me she would call me as much as she needed to and that its part of my job to answer the phone (its not in the job description and I'm not paid or on call). I explained to her that e-mail would work better and it is what the other office did and found out that it worked very well. After she wrote that e-mail back to me she ended it with "PS, is there another number we can reach you at?" I just shook my head. I have a home phone and a cell. They only have my home number and I forward calls to my cell when I'm at work so I get her calls. I don't want her to have my cell because she would call that constantly too. I also don't get a cell signal at home without turning on my wifi calling. So she would be more aggravated calling my cell while I'm at home. I never answered her question on having another number and she hasn't asked since.
Of course there is more (sorry). I'm home sick. I picked up a virus from work. I have had a fever, laryngitis, cough, asthma attacks, and just plain feel bad. Every single day I have been sick she has called and has made it a point to call between 8a-9a. I explained to her the first 2 times that I'm sleeping more because I'm sick and I'm on meds that make me drowsy. She continues to call almost all day about something. I emailed her back and told her that I'm on medication that makes me drowsy and impairs me from working over the phone. So she writes back to call her the next day. I will still be on meds the next day if they are still needed. She just doesn't get it!!! My plan is to go back to work this weekend and I should be doing well enough to work and won't be contagious at that point. I have made that clear to her from the beginning. But with my cough, I'll probably have a few families say something about me working.
Any advice? I'm tired of it!! I have an interview set up in March. But it isn't clear if its F/T or not. I will need F/T work to make a move to another job. My opinion is that its my personal time and I'm not getting paid to work or take that many calls during my time off. I can't even recover from being sick because the phone rings so much and because I'm on edge knowing the phone will ring any second. I've turned the ringer off a few times. But then I see that I've had 10 missed calls from work after a 2 hour nap.