Should I be apologetic or not about missing work?
August 25, 2008 9:13 AM Subscribe
Oops, I didn't go to work today. Thing is, I didn't know I was supposed to. Am I in the right or the wrong? Also, a little other anxiety about this new job.
posted by Baethan to Work & Money (22 answers total)
I just started work as a dishwasher (a very busy job, but one I enjoy) last week. The hiring manager told me I would work two days and then let me know about the following week because she wasn't sure yet about everyone's shifts. Both days her shift started during the last hour of mine, and I forgot to ask her about when my shifts might be. Over the weekend I considered calling and making sure that she would let me know when she scheduled me in, but figured it was unlikely she would be there until Monday afternoon.
This morning I got a call from a guy who says he's the temporary manager- apparently I was supposed to come in today. I told him that I was not told, it was my expectation that someone would let me know when I was put into the schedule, and that I didn't know what to tell him. I may have come across as being rather annoyed.
Although it's a possibility, I really don't think I was scheduled to work this week when I was at work last, on Thursday. The woman I was working with looked at the schedule, may have said something about me not knowing when I'll be working next, and definitely indicated that she didn't know when we might be working together again.
It's a just a dishwashing job at a nearby restaurant, and I'm sure I'd survive being fired, but I want to know- am I in the right or the wrong? When I speak to the manager later today, should I be apologetic or politely firm in not taking any of the blame? What would MeFi do?
I should note two things- the manager who called me did not ask me to come in anyways, and I did not offer, but if he had asked I would have said yes. Also, I'm not sure what management thinks of me- on Thursday, it was so busy that I had little time to do much but wash dishes, but not so busy that the servers were in desperate need of clean stuff. Because the servers won't put clean stuff away unless you ask them repeatedly (which, as a new hire, I will not do), I had mountains of clean stuff sitting around. It's part of my job to put clean stuff back, but only after I've cleaned the dirty stuff. I'm worried about this because I feel I was neglecting my duty (even though I wasn't, as far as I know) and because there was some sort of drama that involved "job responsibilities"- the word "dishwasher" came up once, but I don't know what it was about exactly. It may just have been because the servers let the dirty stuff pile up without washing anything while I was on break for half an hour, but I don't know for sure. Bottom line is, I'm anxious and need some reassurance! Or a good slap upside the head, whichever you think is appropriate.