Working overtime (w/out pay) to give someone else break time

@ch88ss (2270)
United States
July 21, 2009 6:59pm CST
My company has required that I and a few other employee take 15 minutes away from our desk to cover for the receptionist. The receptionist needs to take her 15 minutes break (2 – 15 min break) each day, so we have to go to her desk and cover for her. I don’t mind covering for anybody, the part that really P.O. me and many of the staff, nobody else takes a break only she does. So why should we stop our work, to cover her desk. Since this new assignment I had to stay 40 minutes later each day to finish my work. I don’t get paid overtime, I am on salaried. Now the Receptionist wants us to also learn how to use the postage machine (we got a new one). I don’t understand why, should we learn? I mean we only need to cover to answer calls, if there is any mail to handle. The receptionist should be expected to take care of that upon her break right? What do you think? This is so unfair… we all don’t take any breaks, but yet we are expected to cover for somebody else’s break time. Then end up losing valuable time on our desk and having to stay later to cover it. What do your company require you to do that seems unfair to you? Do you take break time ?
1 response
@jazel_juan (15766)
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
hmmm why not voice it out to your HR department? if you do not think it do you justice then why not voice it out? we do have breaks all of us and it is done fairly,we do not cover for someone unless an officemate asks favors..:D
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
28 Jul 09
HR is the one that is requesting we cover for the receptionist. The problem is, they don't give us set time for breaks. So for example we want to take a break at 10:30 but the phone calls keeps coming and file add up, so we end up not taking one. Then when we do have the time, something else comes up. They don't give us a set schedule, but the receptionist has a set schedule.
@jazel_juan (15766)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
aww that is kinda unfair. why not tell HR about what you feel?
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
30 Jul 09
they tell us we should be glad we still have a job. it sucks badly, those owenrs are taking advantage of us since we are all afraid to lose our job, so they keep shoving more work for us to do. and always threaten to lay people off if we don't bring in enough money for the company