Being treated unfairly at work
Oakly · 01/02/2023 22:03
I work in an office where everyone works from home and only comes into work 1 day a week. I'm new, been there 5 months now and I've had feedback saying I'm doing well. I come in, do my job without any issues. When I started I was given a laptop and told I could also work from home but despite asking when I can start working from home, even 1 day a week and come in to the office 4 days I've not been allowed to. I work an hour away from home so at the interview, telling me I could work from home 2 days a week was the decision to take the job as I didn't have to travel every day.
Last week my child was off school unwell. only an ear infection but I couldn't arrange childcare for one of the days. I asked in advance if I could work from home as a one off to be told no you aren't trained yet. This was an excuse from the boss as she wanted me in the office, she doesn't like working with anything less than 4 in the office, but most of the time it's only 2 of us in.
It's really getting to me now that I'm being treated differently to everyone else I work with. AIBU?
Hawkins002 · 01/02/2023 22:06
I understand your perspective, the bait and switch. Seems odd
Quveas · 01/02/2023 22:43
No you aren't being unreasonable. But this is what it is. Time to look for another job I think.
Overandunderit · 02/02/2023 07:40
Not unreasonable to expect to work from home generally if child is unwell that should be a caring/family emergency day. WFH shouldn't be used for childcare.
Orchid77 · 02/02/2023 09:41
I would send an email to your boss confirming 1) what training is left for you to pick up on and by which date did she expect to have this completed 2) for her to confirm which day(s) of the week you will be on the rota to work from home 3) include that this was outlined in the job interview and one of the reasons why you accepted the position based on the TWO days where you would save on the mileage.
They really won’t want to go through the whole process of advertising, interviewing and recruiting again so make your position clear.
You need to stand up for yourself and show your boss now that you won’t accept any bullshit. Otherwise, your career under this management style is going to be really stressful, is that what you really want?
Putting it in writing and documenting what she says by way of reply is important.
That’s what I would do but you have to do what works for you x
NotAnotherTaco · 02/02/2023 10:34
This is good advice.
But also - don't cloud the issue by bringing up childcare / unwell children. Many companies, understandably, will have serious concerns about someone working at home at the same time as looking after a sick child. You may know the context - age of child, how much they're content to lie on the sofa without needing you etc, but your bosses don't.
Isyesterdaytomorrowtoday · 02/02/2023 10:36
@Orchid77 is spot on, if that does t work start looking for something else
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