I want my lunches back!!
March 12, 2012 9:49 AM Subscribe
Months ago, I was asked to do something outside of the scope of my job (over my lunch hour to boot). I don't want to do it anymore. What are my options?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I started this job, I was asked to sit out at the reception desk during two hour-long lunches a week. I don't have a laptop and my job requires specialized software, so I can't work there. I bring a book and read, but it seems to me that answering phones, taking packages, and dealing with strangers does not a lunch hour make. I didn't want to do it, but I agreed since I liked the job and I wanted to seem like a team player.
Originally I was told that all new people were asked to do this and that as newer hires joined the company I would stop. As I started, someone else stopped, so this seemed true. But the next two hires were into high-level positions, and now it seems like I'm stuck.
On top of that, I recently learned that another entry-level hire (slightly before my time) was not asked to do it!
No one told me when I interviewed that I'd be a lunchtime receptionist. I'm terribly socially awkward, bad at the phone, and awful at remembering things like extensions, names, etc. If I was interviewing for a receptionist position I would not get it.
I find this whole thing demeaning (not because I think it's beneath me, but because I'm bad at it and it looks really bad on me. I go from seeming competent and skilled to seeming, frankly, ditzy and stupid) and frustrating. I was originally planning to just grin and bear it (I like this job and, other than this, my supervisor is fantastic). But after learning that that other entry level person didn't have to do it I've become really upset about it. I even found myself making snippy passive-aggressive comments about it to coworkers the other day (which: bad bad no good idea). So:
Do I talk to my supervisor before getting called out for being snotty about it? Do I just try to retain my composure and not talk about it?
If I do talk to him, how? I have a solution that I think would work. Do I present it?
If I don't talk to him, how can I chill out about this? I don't really WANT to get better at it because it's not within the scope of my job and I have no desire to waste brain space on it, but at the same time it's really embarrassing that a grown-ass women should have to run around the office begging for help when someone new calls (also -- I just remembered that I forgot to pass on a message from last time I did this thing! Dammit! How can I screw up so bad?).