I work as a mechanical designer but am asked to move warehouse goods averaging 20kgs per box.
The mechanical work I do is drafting designs for HVAC and plumbing layouts for residential/commercial/industrial developments, both new and those up for renovation. This is vastly opposite from being a warehouse grunt, which my employer has me act as on a daily basis.
I am not only supposed to complete my drafting work assigned by multiple senior engineers, but I am also forced to unload/load warehouse boxes averaging 20kgs upwards to 40kgs and make deliveries that take up to 2 hours per trip. Additionally, I'm also in charge of performing construction site reviews at least twice a week, which take up another 3-4 hours minimum between travel time, site assessment time, and returning to the office to write a report.
There is no overtime paid or banked, but the unwritten rule is that if your work isn't done, you're to stay behind until it is.
Initially when I was hired, my employer told me that I would have to "help out" in the warehouse on occasion, but in the recent years (I've been here for 7), he's made it a point that it is part of my job, even if my workload is overflowing with actual engineering work with real deadlines outlined by him.
The warehouse operates as a separate entity than the engineering firm and the work is completely unrelated. Every time I've approached him in the past (we have no HR, only an office admin who's also approached him regarding the issue as well to no avail), he's responded with a "too bad for you" attitude and shrugged, ending the conversation.
To top it all off, my employer is also one of my high school friends' dad, which was how I was offered the job in the first place. It doesn't help with the dynamic between what seems like him feeling like he can overstep boundaries like this and me feeling like I don't have a say in the situation. I know my friend won't have an issue, should any friction really develop between my employer and I, and I've honestly paid my dues at this point after 7 years here, full-time.
What would be your guys' approach to the situation?
- Salary is hard to replicate.
- I lack certification for the mechanical work I actually do and this field does not interest me enough for me to obtain education for it.