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To be annoyed by co-worker asing when I am coming back of mat leave as they are busy?

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plentyofshoes Mon 25-Aug-14 13:28:34

It has really got my back up. I normally get on with her fine.
I have been off for 9 months and due to being very poorly when pregnant I have had my leave carried over.
She sent me a text earlier saying she is working the bank holiday (double time) which she never does and when am I back as they are so busy. "sorry to ask"
I am not in charge of staffing levels.
I am off as our boss has agreed it.
I have never sent a text when it has been busy asking when co-workers are coming back.
It is not my problem.
I am not going to go back early due to her text.

plentyofshoes Mon 25-Aug-14 13:29:36

Apologies for crap spelling in title, rubbish phone.
Must have been off work too long grin

callamia Mon 25-Aug-14 13:31:16

Work can't hassle you during leave. Don't reply, you've no obligation to. Delete it, ignore it and if you get any more ask your boss/HR to ask them to stop it.

Enjoy the rest of your leave!

HygieneFreak Mon 25-Aug-14 13:31:40

I would reply...

Oh im sorry you have had to do overtime , its hardly going to kill you is it? I ll be back when im ready, as my health is more important than you doing overtime.

AlleyCat11 Mon 25-Aug-14 13:33:29

Simply state when you'll be back. Nothing else. She's out of order.

scarletforya Mon 25-Aug-14 13:37:33

Cheek of her. I'd be furious. But wouldn't know what exactly to do. I'd probably ignore the text through pure irritation.

fortyplus Mon 25-Aug-14 13:39:04

I would reply 'Hope you treat yourself to something nice with the extra money smile Obviously you'll realise that technically you are unlawfully harassing me wink Only joking - but I'll be agreeing when I come back with the boss'

Didactylos Mon 25-Aug-14 13:40:18

if she is not your manager its none of her business
if she is your manager then all communication should be official

what good does she think a text on a busy bank holiday will do anyway- are you going to suddely arrange childcare, recover from all health issues and come in to help out so she can have her usual bank holiday off

no guilt, no apologies, just text back- my leave is arranged with xxx, have a good day smile

Sicaq Mon 25-Aug-14 13:40:22

Ignore the text: she has no right to ask. 'Sorry to ask' my arse.

If you get further texts, tell her to take her concerns to HR (who will hopefully tell her to back off and remind her of the law).

SavoyCabbage Mon 25-Aug-14 13:42:13

I would ignore her too. I imagine you are pretty busy yourself!

VeryLittleGravitasIndeed Mon 25-Aug-14 13:43:09

If she was representing the company (eg texting using a work phone) she's treading a fine legal line there... Companies aren't allowed to contact you on maternity leave, except about HR issues and then usually by letter. I'd just ignore it if I were you.

rookiemater Mon 25-Aug-14 13:46:02

I would ignore it. There's nothing you can say that won't make the situation worse and texting back your actual return date my lead to further communication.
If she texts again then maybe respond that your return date was agreed by your manage.,

plentyofshoes Mon 25-Aug-14 13:47:31

Thank you. I can understand how stressful our job gets when it is busy, but there is nothing I can do about it.
I am not impressed by her doing that and I am surprised. I have sent a text back saying I am ON LEAVE until the date which is a few weeks away yet. I have also said that at least the weather is rubbish so it makes working less painful.
It is good money for a bank holiday and it is rare she works them. Suck it up was not put on the end of my reply.

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