How do you stand up to your boss?

@ronaldinu (12445)
Malta
November 13, 2008 12:22pm CST
I am qualifed in first aid. The law states that there should be a first aider to every 100 people at my place of work. However there are only two qualified first aiders at the moment. There are about six hundred people at my place of work. Others who are qualified in First Aid keep their mouth shut not to give a helping hand. So whenever a case occurs they always call for me and my other colleague almost daily. It has become really irritating. Although I am expected to give a helping hand I am not an official first aider at the place of work. I do not get extra remuneration for it. How do you stand up to your boss if you were in my situation? © ronaldinu 2008
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@arunmails (3013)
• India
15 Nov 08
I am am in your place, I will love to do such help, though they call me every minute....... if others are not giving their hand means...... why should I want be like one among them... I should be a human... right......??????? Those, first aid gives the life of a person, who was injured, though the treatment cures him, the first aid made him to stay lived till the doctor meets him.... so, I will be so privileged to save one soul..... that too my colleague....
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• Philippines
15 Nov 08
There are many people like your situation. Actually one of my friend experiencing that. Because some boss never treasure there people. But did your boss know your situation? Think of it your about 600 person in your area, do you think it is easy to handle that volume of people? Maybe your boss notice what happen on your area. If no one dont want to speak, make a move speak your boss about it.
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@jayyerex (224)
• Canada
14 Nov 08
If it really bothers you that much(and it should) you should stand up for yourself and speak your mind. Standing up for yourself can go two ways. 1) your boss may hold a grudge if you push the issue. If you do it in private you may be able to avoid the ugliness. You are challenging him. Generally bosses do not like this. 2) Your boss may end up respecting you more for standing your ground and speaking up for what is right. Either way you need to make a decision. As far as I am concerned if you do not make a decision either way nothing will ever get better. I know it is not easy, especially if you think the consequences will be negative. You are however, talking about your self respect. That self respect is worth more than any job. I hope this helps, Jay
@anaphy (113)
• Philippines
14 Nov 08
you can simply tell your boss that you, as a human being and not just his employee has a right that he can't overcome...^^
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
14 Nov 08
Well maybe you should talk to him and suggest that he has someone come in and teach a class so that others maybe can learn to do first aid. Tell him that there is more first aid people needed. If he is an understanding boss then he should do it..Or someone should get a shoebox and make a suggestion box.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
16 Nov 08
If you no longer wish to help out and attend those that need first aid...simply explain that your certificate has expired. When I was working, I received only $1.40 per shift for having a current First Aid certificate.
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
14 Nov 08
I can't stand it. It is really annoying! I hope you will soon fix it anyway. Good luck to you hand your work!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
14 Nov 08
The law is just a law.. BUt nobody is obliged to follow it, as long as they dun get caught.. So if they refuse to give a helping hand, u cant force them too.. BUt there's always a way to make them show up with their first aid, which is to make yourself or your colleague the victims.. lol =D Because if the 2 of u are down, and nobody stands out to help, the boss is gonna get it for sure, and so no matter how, he is bound to force the others out, and that once it's over, your workload will be lightened.. lol
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
14 Nov 08
It's a nice feeling if you can extend a helping hand to people. It is more than money can buy. However, I understand you when it has become somewhat irritating already knowing there are other people who could also do the same but are unmindful and you are the one being called although you are not an official first aider. I suggest you tell your Boss that inasmuch as your skill as a first aider is being at frequent use. It looks as though you it is but high time to appoint you as a one of the official first aiders and get paid for it. I think your Boss is wise enough to see the necessity. However if it turns out the other way around, then I believe that should not stop you from extending help when needed. Anyway the Lord sees your good heart and I am certain He will reward you in a more wonderful way.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Nov 08
Well you could try hitting the boss right where it's important to him. In other words, point out how much productivity is being lost because of the situation. That might make an impression.
14 Nov 08
Hi ronaldinu, I would refused to help next time, if your boss say anything, I would just say that you are not getting paid for that job, you are a teacher, you should not let people walk all over you, if its not in your contracts then you don't have to do it, and he cannot force you to. He cannot fire you either. Tamara
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
13 Nov 08
i don't have a boss, thank heavens. lol. iprobably would stand up to one if i had one but don't know if that would be wise. i was self-employed the last 20 years i worked & that was so nice. never did like to be bossed, stiill don't.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I forgot to say that I would just go to my boss and say what you said here. It is not standing up, it is just stating the facts and letting them know how you feel.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I think making it mandatory that all have their first aid certification would solve that!! Maybe they are not confident in how well they may do, that is why they do not let on that they can.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
13 Nov 08
stand up and be counted.well maybe you are the one he is comfortable to work with.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 Nov 08
How do you stand up with any boss? With tact and finess...lol. Seriously, in your discussion with your boss, I would start by asking if they are satisfied with your performance in that capacity. If the response is that management is satisfied, I would steer the converation in the direction of concern for the company, and any legal implications that could befall the owners if the unthinkable happened, and further investigation showed that they were not in compliance with existing laws. Negligence could lead to some pretty stiff penalties. You are within reason to be concerned, as this is your source of income. I would suggest asking for a supervisory roll in selecting your colleague and four additional people, to bring the company into compliance. Each person selected should have a title signifying their status, with (hopefully) or without a pay increase. These are tough economic times, it's possible that the company can't afford raises at this time. If that's the case, you could always negotiate other perks, like extra days off. I would think that with a little incentive, some of the other people qualified would be more willing to participate. Approaching it like this, you would appear company-minded (as opposed to being out for yourself), and certainly managment material. If not for this company, then for the next, since this would look pretty good on your resume.