I’m looking for some advice. I work in a very busy office. It can be very stressful and extremely fast-paced.
I’ve noticed that during my tea break or lunch break I have other staff, mostly managers or superiors coming in to our common room (some times for their own break) and assigning me tasks to do. The problems with this are:
I don’t have my computer or even paper and pen with me, and if I forget then a few days down the line no-one’s going to remember the circumstances in which I was asked, just that I forgot to do something.
This isn’t true of the tea break but the lunch break is unpaid time.. so it’s my own time.
Due to the breaks being so short I really do need to use the common room because it’s close by. I would also be perceived as avoiding people or having a strange attitude if I was to ‘hide away’ somewhere during my breaks. Also the amenities are there.
Should I bring this up at the next staff meeting or does it sound very petty? If I should bring it up, how would I approach it in a respectful way?