Okay, so I'm hoping some people out there might have some advice on how to handle a situation arising this week at work.
This is going to require a little background, so bear with me.
1. I currently work in a small-ish pub style restaurant, both front and back of house depending on business needs. I generally get on reasonably well with my boss ('Jane'), although I find sometimes find her a little hard to work with (she often refuses to admit when she's wrong, for example).
2. The assistant manager ('Louise') is leaving this week; her last day is Friday.
3. I am currently not scheduled to work this Saturday, although I have agreed to work until three as a favour to 'Dave', the head chef, in order to cover a colleague who will be visiting his daughter until then.
4. Unfortunately, Jane has scheduled Louise to work on Saturday, a day she can't work - as she had expected her last day to be Friday, she has made plans on Saturday.
With all that in mind, you can probably see where this is going, can't you?
Louise has already asked me (via text) if we can swap shifts so that she would work my Thursday shift and me her Saturday. I said no (politely), I had plans.
Jane has now started with constant asking, pestering, trying to make me a deal to get me to work on Saturday. It's getting more difficult to say no politely as I'm starting to get really annoyed - shouldn't one round of asking and declining be enough? She's currently going with the 'but if you don't work I will be short staffed angle'. I'm now at the point where I just want to snap back 'well that's not really my problem at this point, YOU should have done the rota right the first $£*& time'. That probably sounds harsh - but this isn't the first time Jane has done the rota incorrectly and then had to scramble to fix her own mistake.
What I'm concerned about as well is that I actually don't have firm plans for Saturday night yet so I'm worried I'm going to cave just to shut her up - and I'll then resent myself for giving in (my spine could probably do with some reinforcing). I rarely get a Saturday off and as my boyfriend does a regular 9-5 being able to just spend the evening together is a rare treat.
So if you've managed this far, I ask you for any insights or advice you may have. Is there anything I can say to make her just back off? I kind of feel a bit like 'not wanting to' isn't really justification to not work - I could, after all - and she IS starting to make me feel bad. But then, a bigger part of me is thinking if she needed me to work on Saturday, she should have scheduled me to in the first place. It's just going round in a circle at the moment and getting nowhere. Help me, ehell, you are my only hope!