Can my boss call me at 2am?
October 16, 2011 8:43 AM Subscribe
My boss called me at 1:45am to ask me to come in early the next day. Is that as outrageous as I think it is?
posted by Nibbly Fang to Work & Money (34 answers total)
I'm not a cop or a doctor--I work in a restaurant, so nobody's going to die if I don't pick up a shift. And it's a large restaurant--there are probably 50 people on staff. Last night, at 1:45am, when I was asleep, I got a phone call from my job. I answered because I thought there was some kind of drama (missing money! disastrous fire!), but it was just one of the managers asking me to work a double shift the next day instead of my scheduled single shift. I said no, I have plans (plans to sleep in and then browse MetaFilter in my jammies, hah) and they didn't push it, and then I turned my phone the hell off and went back to sleep. But... isn't it beyond the pale to call an employee literally in the middle of the night? The restaurant doesn't even open until 11, so it would have been 100% possible to call me at like, 9:30 this morning. I get along fine with this manager, who doesn't seem weird or nutty, so I think it might be company policy that this is OK. I do need this job, but might be able to find another one in a month or so... I would love to hear from people with more restaurant experience if this is semi-normal, or if it is, in fact, seriously obnoxious.