Last week I had to go and visit a client, which required me to stay overnight. I was given very little notice and had evening plans which I had to cancel.
On the car journey up to the client visit, I asked, quite politely, what the overtime situation was; we often claim overtime for our of hours support work, so overtime is nothing out of the ordinary. My boss simply replied (and I have confirmed this with other employees) that no one else has ever claimed overtime for evening site visits, and that he was quite surprised at even the notion.
However, my belief is that I should be entitled to overtime, as I am putting myself out for the company on my own time!
Now, a bit of context: The plans I had to cancel were simply to visit a friend, which is why I didn't mind cancelling them too much; if I had had reservation or tickets (something which was going to leave me out of pocket) I would have argued that I had plans and thus could not go. My boss has an attitude, which causes us employees some exasperation sometimes, that nothing is more important than work, and we should be expected to work late at a moment's notice. We tolerate this to an extent, but on the odd occasion where employees have been unable to, the employee usually finds themselves called in "for a chat" the next day...
So, we are now at the morning where overtime is due to be submitted, and my boss has not gotten back to me on the overtime issue (he has either forgotten or assumed that I will have). Given that I feel I am entitled, but would be breaking a company precedent, how should I approach this matter? I want to bring it up but don't want to be seen to be aggressive to taking liberties.
Any advice would be greately appreciated. Thanks in advance!