My co-worker, who acts as my immediate supervisor knows that I work two jobs in two different shifts and pretty much have been informed of my work schedule – FT in the daytime, PT at night time.
I am supposed to be off work at 3:30pm from my FT job, but since I am working five minutes away from our yard, I decided to work for another half an hour. No big deal. I did all the hardwork.
At 4pm. I asked our informal authority politely if my other co-worker could give me a ride back to our yard because I am running late for my PT job.
He yelled, “Really?”, and he went on telling me, “You know if I cut you loose, I might as well cut everybody loose”.
He went on by angrily saying, “You have to decide to either keep this job or that job!”
I did not say anything out of respect to elders. But there are few things he did not know how my work schedule have been pre-arranged with our big boss.
Let me tell you. When I got my PT job and was asked by the owner of the company I am working full time if I am ready to work more hours, I answered him honestly by saying “No, because I now have a PT job” which turned out alright to him.
He even asked me about my PT job, which I told him, it’s a night/graveyard shift in the hospitality industry. And jokingly, he even teased me of “coming for drinks on my tab”, which we of course, agreed.
Back to my point – harrasment in the workplace.
Why did I say harassment? This supervisor likes to yell at workers, be it consciously or not.
And just by the way he handled my situation, he displayed a behaviour that constitute “abuse of a situation of formal or informal authority or power to threaten a person’s job or undermine his or her performance”. This is listed in the Government of Canada’s “What generally constitute harassment”
I am planning to file a formal complaint, not only because of what happened today but also for the yelling/shouting he did in several occassions. Last thing I checked, he was an employee like me. A senior by tenure, but his title is nowhere near the managerial level.
He thought that he owns his workers. I am thinking, maybe because my coworker and I are not in the skill trade, and that we are working entry level positions (over a year).
I do believe that respect all across the workplace is a skill in itself that everyone should practice. There are days that things will absolutely go south at work and tempers are high, but forgetting the basic human rights be it at home, in the job or within society has no excuse.
I am contemplating to file a formal complaint, but like any other person, I am still in the process of getting merits for my case.