Work hours and stress

Amy - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My boss is giving me a hard time because I don't want to work past the required 8 hours. It is expected we work over if needed. However, per our union contract we are not required to stay over 8 hours. When my day is done I want to be with my son. She has made references to this and has asked personal questions regarding his care. Leaving this job is out of the question as I cant find one in our area that pays as well. I want to file a grievance as I think that my sons care is not part of her business. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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Lisa - posted on 01/11/2009

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Amy,

It sounds like you have a difficult situation with your boss and leaving your job is not an option, so you have to find a way to deal with it that works for both of you. If your contract says you only have to work 8 hours a day, and you can't stay more, than you can't, period. The hard part is working around your bosses needs and still only working 8 hours.

In a perfect world, you would be able to point out to your boss the details of your contract and 8 hour max, and she would leave you alone ... but she probably already knows that you can only work 8 hours and still wants you to work more. Try to find out what is frustrating her about you not working more hours? Does she feel like you are not pulling your weight? Are projects taking longer because you aren't working as much as others? Are you unavailable at times other co-workers or customers need you because you can't work more than 8 hours? Maybe other co-workers are jealous because they put in longer days and they are complaining to her?

Try to politely talk to your boss to find out what she needs more from you at work. If she says hours, maybe you could politely try something like this, "Unfortunately I am not able to work more than the 8 hours a day stipulated in my contract. I want to make sure you and others feel that I am pulling my weight, what do you need more from me at work so that you don't feel like I have to work more than 8 hours a day?"

Timing is everything, too. More than likely, you can find a time when you can reason with your boss about this. It's also possible to pick the wrong time and make her more upset, too, so be careful!

Hope this helps! Hang in there :)

~Lisa

Jen - posted on 01/11/2009

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If your contract says that you only have to work 8 hours than it's none of your bosses business to be bothering you about not working later. As long as you get your job done then she should back off. I'd just talk to your boss and explain to her your feelings on the situation and if she still bugs you about it I'd take it to the next level.

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