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Aibu. ahhh boss quibbling over 1 minute.

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Peterbear Thu 09-Jul-20 16:59:00

IWork for a council in E England. NEw boss has just emailed to say that she has checked my time sheets - on a couple of days last month i have written start time as 8am. ( work from home since covid) I did not however send in my 'log on' email till 8.01. I am being asked to go back and amend my time sheet.
Wtf?? Do I say don't be ridiculous that is a complete waste of taxpayer money or do I just play along? Worth saying that I often work a bit over and don't log this as feel it's petty to put for example 5.07 on a time sheet. Wwyd? Aibu to think jesus get a bloody life??

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Theyweretheworstoftimes Thu 09-Jul-20 17:00:29

Play them at the game.

It's a nonsense.

Someone once told me.

"Never argue with idiots, they drag you down to there level and then beat you with experience"

mollokoy Thu 09-Jul-20 17:02:31

Log your overtime!

MinesaBottle Thu 09-Jul-20 17:02:37

You have to send your boss an email to show you’ve logged on?? Jesus.

If you sent it at 8:01 then obviously you must have logged on before that seeing as it can take a few minutes to log on! How nitpicky. Even if you’re paid by the hour surely one minute wouldn’t affect that.

Make a point of logging off at 17:01!!!

TenShortStories Thu 09-Jul-20 17:03:28

I'd just say "Oops, thanks for the heads up - will change it now" and then do a massive eye roll to myself and be glad that they've let me know they're one to watch for pettiness in the future.

mollokoy Thu 09-Jul-20 17:04:13

Also koff zapier.com/apps/gmail/integrations/schedule/2809/send-daily-emails-with-gmail

slightlyoutting Thu 09-Jul-20 17:04:14

I had this once at a part-time job. I would literally behind the counter dead on time but they felt I should turn up to work 15-20 minutes early hmm

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Thu 09-Jul-20 17:04:58

What an absolute pillock they are.

thedaytodayyesterday Thu 09-Jul-20 17:05:11

How ridiculous.

GetUpAgain Thu 09-Jul-20 17:06:45

Your new boss is incompetent, but the point about arguing with idiots is very true. You might as well log everything super precisely than argue about it, just make sure that other people have to do the same, I.e. that this boss isn't being sexist/racist etc.

mamansnet Thu 09-Jul-20 17:06:57

Be as petty as her. Time how long it takes you to switch on your computer, fire up your emails, send one to yourself AND receive it. Just because she received it at 8.01 doesn't mean it was sent at 8.01!

Hopefully it will take more than a minute to do that so you can tell her sweetly that you're actually logging on at 7.59, and then you can adjust your timesheet accordingly grin

ThanosSavedMe Thu 09-Jul-20 17:07:53

Utterly ridiculous of them. Make sure you do your timesheet at the exact time (starting and ending), keep her email so that if anyone mentions it you can say you are only doing what you have been asked to do.

Can’t stand that kind of pettiness.

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Thu 09-Jul-20 17:08:16

But it took you one minute to send the logon email surely! Are you brave enough to say this?

CoRhona Thu 09-Jul-20 17:09:17

What a fantastic way to make you feel supported and well managed, to encourage you to work hard, to do your best and go over and above for the company.

NOT. hmm

Livelovebehappy Thu 09-Jul-20 17:09:56

A lot of companies have to ask staff to log on to show they are working minesabottle because tbh some workers will start and finish whenever they feel like it, leaving others to pick up the slack. We’ve had to introduce similar at our place.

Winter2020 Thu 09-Jul-20 17:14:05

Update the start time but update the finish times too if you can see what they are e.g. if you can see you sent an email at 5:03 then you know it's after that.

Agree check the time it says your email was sent on your sent items.

Winter2020 Thu 09-Jul-20 17:15:55

Also send your "log on" email and then go get a coffee/brush your teeth or something just for your own small act of rebellion

Knittedfairies Thu 09-Jul-20 17:15:57

I was very much expecting that a new boss was involved; hopefully he/she will settle down soon.

OlivejuiceU2 Thu 09-Jul-20 17:18:34

Had a boss who did exactly this, she got demoted.

DontTouchTheMoustache Thu 09-Jul-20 17:18:56

What an unbelievable little jobsworth! I feel for you op, I cannot be arsed with that kind of twattery

BarbaraofSeville Thu 09-Jul-20 17:20:11

But it would have taken way more than one minute to ask you about this and for you to decide what to do about it.

Surely what you actually do/produce in terms of good quality work before deadlines is far more important than the actual time taken to do it?

Worstemailever Thu 09-Jul-20 17:22:12

I'm with mamamsnet on this one. Ingenious.

edwinbear Thu 09-Jul-20 17:22:43

I could not work for people like that, it would drive me to distraction. Micromanagement at it's absolute worst, but yes. I'd start logging 5.07 exactly as my finish time, if they want to play it like that.

MinesaBottle Thu 09-Jul-20 17:23:34

Livelovebehappy ah right, we have Teams which opens automatically when we log in and shows we’re online.

It takes more than a minute to log in especially from home - the boss is being a prick. I bet she wouldn’t complain if OP’s timesheet showed she logged off after her usual finishing time! Half an hour, say, is taking the piss; one minute really isn’t. It’s probably taken me longer than that to type this!

Timeforabiscuit Thu 09-Jul-20 17:23:39

Log it as a micro aggression,

But in all seriousness, track all your time, switch off completely out of work hours, and don't give an bloody inch.

If your manager is new to local authority, they could genuinely be absolutely lost - there is no onboarding or handover (at least I've never seen one) - you are expected to pick up and run.

Is there a peer you could sound out? This isn't a normal management ask....

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