I was sent to work at a convention with a team of about 10 other people. The convention was two days and our setup was elaborate. Most of the people I was working with were new to working with each other.
When setting up, I became aware of one "position" that was getting people to fill out a survey for information to send back to the R&D team. I said I would do it. I didn't really consciously think about it but had assumed I would just do this one position for the whole convention.
More than halfway through the first day the team lead came up to me and said "the expectation is you do other positions". I found this a bit stressful, I think because the different "positions" were never clearly defined to me. I asked her what the other positions were and all she did was give job titles that meant nothing to me. I ended up switching roles but of course there was some on the spot training and a learning curve.
Should I have handled this differently or pushed back? She jokingly said it's good to expand our mind, but I'm wondering if there was a reason behind doing this, maybe if someone had a harder job then it's more fair we switch positions? Especially considering that we were only doing this for 2 days I don't know why it would be important that people gained experience in different positions.