Thread: Thoughts Please
#1 Thoughts Please12-13-2010, 11:28 AM
So here's my situation:
I've been working extra hours recently and was told I would be paid X amount per hour for the extra hours I pulled in over my normal 40 hours. My boss came to me on Friday and said that she was misinformed and I would only be getting paid Y amount of dollars instead.
I wasn't terribly upset because the revised amount is still very generous and I'm happy to get the extra cash for the holidays.
She said she felt bad about the error and would like to make it up to us (me and the other employees working overtime). She told me to take an extra day off for my upcoming vacation in January but to not report it. It would just be between her and I.
I didn't feel comfortable doing this so I told her that I would love the extra day off but only if I could use vacation time to cover it. She said that was fine.
That seems to be the end of it although things feel a little cool between me and my boss at the moment.
I'm just wondering, should I have just taken the "free day". Is this common in your workplace? I've been in the working world for about 17 years now and this was a first for me. I guess I've been lucky.
What she was suggesting was unethical, right?
12-13-2010, 11:35 AM
Always good if you can get (or give) the details of the arrangement by email. That way, it is all above board.20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
12-13-2010, 11:42 AM
I would not be comfortable with that. :( Too easy for it to turn around and bite you in the ass.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
12-13-2010, 11:46 AM20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
12-13-2010, 11:46 AM
All I could think about was a story here locally involving 25-30 Phoenix police officers who took money for work they didn't actually do. Granted, their issue is on a much larger scale, but this felt like essentially the same thing to me.
I felt like taking pay for a day where I didn't work (and I didn't use earned vacation hours) is essentially stealing.
12-13-2010, 11:49 AM
She had the ability to "make you whole" according to her original promise (which was probably based on information given to her from above). Doing so "off the books" is simply the only way to make management accountable for its promises.
I have done this myself (both taking free leave and giving it). As long as companies have a laundry list of internal and external rules and regs that govern the most minute aspects of employee compensation, managers will always have to be creative to reward extra work.
12-13-2010, 12:23 PM
That you have never run into one of these rare situations in 17 years is remarkable but it also shows you that these deals are exceptional - not a routine business practice designed to rip-off the company. If your manager wanted to compensate you this way several times a year (or more often), then that would indicate that there was a major screw-up in management. As a one-off thing during a labor emergency, it's just fair.
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