Can you say NO to your employer?
November 16, 2017 3:02am CST
In all my life I have worked with many employers of different nationalities. I have worked with German, Austrian, Irish and Thai employers. Every one of them has its good and bad sides but the one I have not like is the working mentality of a Thai. I mean they are not bad at all but they don't think much about the future schedule of work. Just a weekly schedule but even that, is not fixed at all. You are paid if you have clients but if not, you still have to stay at work just in case you will have one. Well, rice is at work for you to eat. Sometimes, I feel like I am one of those board game figures. Be pushed on what day you can work even if it is not your scheduled working day. When one is having a vacation, my scheduled day is being changed every week. Sometimes, I am confused. I am supposed to work only 2 days a week as a mini jobber. It should be easy for my employer but sometimes they think I work full time. Gladfully I live in Germany for a long time that I can say NO if ever I am asked for an extra day. The other day my Thai workmate came to work just for the extra person who has booked an appointment that no one can massage. Poor girl, she couldn't say no and to think that she lives 30 kilometers from our work. Her German boyfriend was angry of course because she couldn't say no. This morning, my boss called because he thought I will be working today. NO! I have already plans for today I said. My boss is getting confused. Can you say NO to your employer? Rant Over! How I wish I have this chocolate cake (photo) now to eat. That phone call get to my nerves.
18 people like this
• Daytona Beach, Florida
Yes, the cake looks good. My worst job in NYC was when the head boss was Chinese. He had such a hard head. Nothing got through. One time I had to leave work early and when he told me I wasn't going I told him it was very important and that I am going and I did.
I have a regular working days but they keep on changing it. I don't mind as long as I know it at least a week before because I have also a private life to attend to @Morleyhunt. I am glad that I am able to refuse. I am not depending on my income there.
• Davao, Philippines
I did a while back. In our company before, we are required to work on our rest days so that means we only have a total of 1 off. And it is ridiculous because we cannot say no. One time I am so tired and I decided not to go to work during my rest day. Our Manager called me and was very angry, I told her - I NEED TO REST FOR GOD SAKE. I thought they are going to fire me, and when I go back to work. She called me and said - the next time you need to tell your Team Leader if you need an extra off. But I did explain my reason, that I did good with my stats and sales and I just needed my two off. The next month, they lift up the work on rest days off if needed or if the agents want to. Not mandatory anymore.
Oh sorry about your employer problem I can`t help you too much as I wasn`t able to experience working here but I got the chance to work with American boss and I don`t have problem telling him if I needed some break or vacation as he always tells me to make sure that the schedule will not be on our critical situations
I had only one American Boss back in my call center days and he was a trainer. At one point he did appreciate when I asked him permission to log off the server after a couple of calls. He was pissed off at other employees who went to log off on their own.
• United Kingdom
I'm currently self-employed so yes, I can say 'no' to my employer! I work for a company, too, but it is in a self-employed capacity. I have had to say no on occasion when they have asked me to work. Usually, I'll only say no to them if it's too short notice, or if I know I already have other commitments. My previous employer was terrible, though. Yes, I could say no to her, but she'd always try to make me feel guilty about or she would tell me it was OK for me to get there a little later rather than simply accepting that I'd said I couldn't do the work. This is one of many reasons I only stayed with her for 10 months! She didn't seem to think 'no' applied to her.