Today was interesting, to say the very least.
I was the opener today, which meant that I had to do the steel walk this morning. Luckily, since the steel walk is a lot longer than even the temperature walks, I pretty much didn’t have to do another walk for the rest of the day. When my first co-worker came in, we did the usual morning chitchat as we took care of the members entering and leaving the building. As we chatted, the conversation turned to the schedule.
As of late, the scheduling has been somewhat odd; Pam, who used to only work openings and mid shifts now has lot duty at least twice a week. When I brought that up with Peg, my co-worker, she explained as to why this was happening.
It seems that Pam went into the office to complain that Dennis and I didn’t have to do lot duty and didn’t stay as late as some of our other co-workers, so she didn’t think that was fair. She wanted things to be “fairer”, if you will and that is how Dennis and I ended up with the 17:00 to 22:00 shifts. In other words, we had to stay longer because Pam felt it wasn’t fair to anyone else.
Just one problem with this: literally no one else gave half a damn. Seriously.
There were several other people who pulled lot duty and none of them cared that Dennis and I didn’t. Dennis is disabled–he’s in a wheelchair due to a bout of polio–and I don’t drive. So everyone else understood why things were the way they were, except for Pam. But her desire for things to be fair kinda cost her. Massively.
She’s stuck on lot duty now. For the past two years, she’s been our main opener. But now she opens maybe twice a week and has lot duty on two different days. She doesn’t enjoy that and you can tell.
Oddly enough, I can’t say that I’m upset or angry about any of this. It actually doesn’t bother me, probably because Pam got what she wanted but at a price. Yes, we’re being treated fairly but it really cost her, so I can’t help but think that she won’t go trying anything like that again. Like I said, I can’t get too upset over it.
I have no idea how long this may or may not be going on with the scheduling. But I doubt Pam’s going to say much about it; the last time she did, it cost her dearly. Me, I just smile, do my job and don’t let that sort of thing bother me. I have other things to worry about and work really shouldn’t be one of them.