My manager recently said to me that he gets annoyed when I spend time texting my friends at work.
I think this is fair as I do this in work time, but I also feel there should be lenience if you take into account the below.
- We are entitled to 1 hour of break time per day. I do not take this and prefer to take micro-breaks (1-2 minutes) and message my friends or partner - I would never rack up an hour of texting in any given day.
- There is nothing outlined in my contract that I must take breaks away from my desk or at all - just that I am entitled to them.
- I'm not the only one who does this.
- Other colleagues go well over their designated hour of break and nothing gets mentioned.
- Other colleagues are extended courtesies that I am not. Eg: Allowed to leave an hour early to pick up their sick child (after already using their hour of break time). When in the exact same situation I have had to schedule a day to work late to make up for this time or take leave. They have also been allowed the same for misc., non-urgent, non-medical personal issues.
- I have worked for this particular manager for 8 years, including changing roles alongside him twice. I have always worked this way and it has never been an issue.
- I have never missed a deadline nor is my work below the expected quality. I get complemented on the quality of my work.
- I am expected (not contractually obligated) to take on the full workload of one particular colleague (similar work tasks) when he goes on leave - this is actually quite difficult to manage.
- I am expected (not contractually obligated) to fulfill urgent work tasks outside of business hours. - I have cut a few social gatherings short to do so in a few cases.
Ideally I just want to feel like a person doing a job, not a robot - this feels to be the culture for everybody else.
So, I have a few questions around this:
- Is this something I should mention? If so, how?
- As I feel like this is all 'give' and no 'take', can you suggest I way I can withdraw from things that I'm not required to do such as taking on my colleagues entire workload and pull back on the urgent, out-of-office-hours work I'm occasionally asked to do?