Fired for not working the weekend
ThinkAboutItTomorrow · 04/07/2015 09:59
My workplace is changing beyond recognition and it makes me so sad.
A colleague wants to fire someone because she said no to working the weekend. This would be unpaid overtime on top of an intense week. For many it's the norm.
It's not a shift job, it's an office. Official 37.5 hour week, mon - fri 9-5.30. The team probably average 50-60 hour weeks with some regularly working through the night.
PreDD I did similar(not so much all night but crazy travel and long hours) and now I'm managing 50 hour week averages but I always knew it was my choice. And felt that if I said no the company would be ok with that eg We had people say they didn't want promotion because they just had kids and wanted to coast for a while. Fine, their choice.
Now though I am told saying no to working through the weekend is against our values and he wants to fire her.
Help me get perspective, AIBU to think that's not my values and I don't want to be part of it? I don't like the colleague who is saying this so I maybe bei g biased
ThinkAboutItTomorrow · 04/07/2015 10:11
The colleague thinks our values should be super ambitious, total commitment and hunger for success. The office he moved from had form for a junior guy not being able to commit to bring his brothers best man in case he had to work that weekend and miss the wedding.
ThinkAboutItTomorrow · 04/07/2015 10:14
No overtime, it's a salary. And a very good salary. The contract says 'the hours required to do the job' but I just think that's not the same as 'we'll fire you immediately if at 8pm on a Friday you say you can't spend your weekend in the office
MissBattleaxe · 04/07/2015 10:17
Even if he threatens to fire her for this, she has a good case. She could label this harrassment or constructive dismissal and she would be playing a stronger hand than he's got. What he's doing is bullying.
People are allowed to have lives away from work.
IAmNotDarling · 04/07/2015 10:26
No, not fair and not due process.
I presume you've all signed to opt out of the Working Time Directive?
£80k doesn't justify expecting work to be your life. I work 50-60 hour weeks at two or maybe three points in the year but I take the time back as owed to me.
Sounds like a shite employer.
ThinkAboutItTomorrow · 04/07/2015 10:28
I agree with inefficient. I think he is over promising like crazy to the client and expecting the team to jump in and deliver.
I'm the one who would have to do the firing as I'm technically in charge but he's gone over my head to theCEO.
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