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What little things drive you completely up the wall....?

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Shalamar:
This is a very little thing, but it drives me up the wall when I have to clear my throat (because something's stuck in it, for example), and someone thinks I'm trying to get their attention:

Me:  Ahem, cough-cough.
Them:  WHAT?  What do you want?

It's unfortunate that the clearing-of-the-throat has become associated with a passive-aggressive attempt to make someone pay attention to you, but there we are.

diesel_darlin:
Wow violinp, I didn't know we shared a manager! My manager does this also. She never has to work a 2nd or 3rd shift, she always works days. If someone mentions anything about being tired, she lays into them with a spiel about how many hours she works and blah blah blah.

Mary Lennox:

--- Quote from: violinp on June 10, 2014, 01:49:28 PM ---For the record, she did let me go on break at 5:30, but I was so irritated at her tone that it colored the rest of the day for me. Unfortunately, she's almost always like this with me, and gets huffy when I ask to leave a grand total of five minutes early because it's dead out there and I've collected all the tickets for the night. Gee, I'm sure 10:30 is going to be totally different from 10:25, since all the movies have now started and concessions will be closing in 15 minutes. Unless she truly needs me to help close (which I don't object to - I'd love the hours on my paycheck), I'd really like to get out and go home so I can take pain meds and relax.

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Depending on how often you ask to leave early may explain why she's huffy to you. If I had an employee who was rostered until 10:30 and kept asking to leave early (even only a few minutes), I'd be annoyed too.

violinp:

--- Quote from: Mary Lennox on June 10, 2014, 07:17:27 PM ---
--- Quote from: violinp on June 10, 2014, 01:49:28 PM ---For the record, she did let me go on break at 5:30, but I was so irritated at her tone that it colored the rest of the day for me. Unfortunately, she's almost always like this with me, and gets huffy when I ask to leave a grand total of five minutes early because it's dead out there and I've collected all the tickets for the night. Gee, I'm sure 10:30 is going to be totally different from 10:25, since all the movies have now started and concessions will be closing in 15 minutes. Unless she truly needs me to help close (which I don't object to - I'd love the hours on my paycheck), I'd really like to get out and go home so I can take pain meds and relax.

--- End quote ---

Depending on how often you ask to leave early may explain why she's huffy to you. If I had an employee who was rostered until 10:30 and kept asking to leave early (even only a few minutes), I'd be annoyed too.

--- End quote ---

It's rare for me to ask off early, because generally there's always stuff to be re - stocked, etc. for the people who open the next day, and I like to get to walk around and do that stuff to help concessions out. Or, there's people who need tickets torn and need directions to the movie, because it's not always totally dead, even at 10:30 - I generally clock out a couple minutes late, if anything.

I try to help out as much as possible and make things easy on her and the other managers, but this particular manager always has something in her craw about how much she sacrifices for the job, etc., and it grates on me, because we all have to pull our weight, and I don't like feeling guilty about asking when I can take my break or if they'll need me to stay the whole time. It doesn't help my thought of her that her attitude spills over into how she treats customers - I've had to smooth things over when she walked away from customers who needed her assistance or wanted to let her know about a technical issue in an auditorium (only managers have access to the gadgetry to fix the auditoriums).

kherbert05:
Bureaucratic stupidity
Thursday was our last day for kids. Friday was a work day. People finished packing and cleaning their rooms, checked out and had to sit around till 3:30  to leave. People started getting checked out at 1. They were bored and helped people who were finishing - especially those with domino moves Sally is leaving campus, Jane is moving to sally's room, Marco is moving to Jane's room, Sam is moving So to Marco's room.  By 2:30 we were all done. The people teaching summer school for the district, asked if they could start setting up their rooms - since it is housed at our campus this year. They were told no, for a good reason. Those rooms were first on the slate to be cleaned and the floor waxed starting at 3:30. So they would be done when the summer school teachers started moving it at 8 am Saturday. So we all sat in the cafeteria, played on our phones or tablets for an hour before we could leave. Most of us were starving because we had planned to go get something to eat but during the designated 30 min* for lunch it had poured buckets out of the sky. The type of rain were you are lucky to see the end of your hood. So no one risked the roads.

*this was insult to injury because normally we get a hour to an hour and 1/2 for lunch on work or staff development days because the area restaurants and fast food places are overwhelmed by a hundreds of teachers going out on those days.

We were better off than a neighboring district. They had a student make up day on Friday, which was supposed to be a workday. So the teachers had to pick one of two Saturdays to come in as a workday. So a friend of mine spent 8 hours sitting in her already packed room last Saturday. (She had a family wedding the other Saturday).

I get we are paid to work 180 day 8 hours a day - but the reality is we put in 100's of extra hours at home, at school, at workshops - that all go unpaid. Any other time of the year we would have divided up into grade levels, or content areas and started making plans and discussing weak points. But not the last day. If teachers ever worked to the rule - schools would collapse under the now unsupported weight.

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