What to do in a in a situation like this?

Philippines
September 6, 2010 6:41pm CST
Yesterday's workload was okay however the annoying thing is that, I was done with my work one and a half hour before my shift ended. Unfortunately when it was ten minutes before the shift ends when I had turned off my PC and all, the boss asked me to answer emails and request for something and I was delayed for 15 minutes. I was just annoyed by the fact that I could have been asked to do it during the 1.5 hours before the shift ended. So what do you think on should do in a situation like this?
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@barehugs (8975)
• Canada
7 Sep 10
Perhaps your boss was busy, and didn't remember to ask you to answer the emails on your shift. Next time you get finished early, ask your boss if there is anything else you can do, before the end of your shift. This will remind him in time for you to finish, before your shift is over.
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• China
7 Sep 10
I think this is a good way to resolve this problem. Maybe it cannot really make this stuation disappeared, however, communication is important.
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@aaronfyzeon (1920)
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
Hello there! It is not your fault if you boss forgot to let you know that he will still be letting you do something before your shift ends. But it is his right to ask you to render an overtime and it is also your right as well. It is a great opportunity to take an overtime with these kinds of situations and you can prolong the overtime for up to two hours though you can do it for 30 minutes only. But you can just ask your boss as well to give you at least 15 minutes break before you do the task he was asking you to do. Get the most out of that privilege and enjoy the extra bucks for the rendered overtime. Enjoy the whole week.
@everafter (378)
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
I think you should do what your boss asked youto do. :)
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@Angelgirl16 (2171)
• United States
7 Sep 10
Hi magojordan, I can imagine how annoyed, at your boss, you must have been. You had finished your work and was just "killing time" until it was time to leave your job. I would like to know what you did with all that free time you had left on the company's time? Did you do something personal, or did you continue working on business time? I think, the next time you have that much spare time left, you should maybe check with your boss, to see if he or she has any work that you could help with. This way you won't get caught by surprise with an unexpected assignment. If you are not on salary, look on the bright side, you made a little overtime.
@jorje89 (40)
• Romania
7 Sep 10
i would do it a couple of times if it would not happen every day the same way. But if it would happen more than 3-4 times i would explain to the boss to try to tell me earlier.
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• Philippines
7 Sep 10
i can see why you're be upset. i would be. but a boss is a boss :) that happened to me too. fortunately my boss was in high spirits that day so i jokingly told her i would have finished the job if only she requested for it an hour earlier and not when i'm about to go. i got away with it but i wouldn't really recommend you do the same thing :)
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@ratyz5 (7738)
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
Well, that is indeed annoying but, since your boss asked you within the time that you were suppose to work, I guess you can call it technical. If your going to go for that, you might as well leave your work by the time your shift ends and get back on it on your next shift. Never the less, that is quite common at work, most of the time, the boss would ask you to do something. You can always record this and have it included in the computation for your salary as over time. That way, you wouldn't feel as bad since you are still compensated with the work that you do.
• China
7 Sep 10
I sympathized you! Yes, my boss also do the thing like your boss. If I were you, I will finish it asap, and then go home. Everyday is a new day~~
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@picjim (3002)
• India
7 Sep 10
It is very annoying when this happens.Your boss could have made use of you while you were free.But due to his preoccupation couldn't do so.It is infuriating to stay back when you want to leave.
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@laniekins (4580)
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
Same here, my boss most of the time give me task in the last minute. There are times that I told him I am going home and that's the time he remember a task for me. I am always annoyed by this but there is nothing I can do but to follow him. He even reprimand me regarding this and told me before I go, I should ask him if there is any task left for me to do.
@jennyze (7030)
• Indonesia
7 Sep 10
Well, for once the boss is always right. As long as we are still working for other people we just have to follow the rule.
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@tweetbird (161)
• United States
7 Sep 10
Working for other people has it set backs and annoyances. But look on the positive side, if you're boss can count on your to work a bit more or longer, he MIGHT consider giving a raise or a promotion. Sometimes bosses do this kind of stuff to test you and not to annoy you.
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@yeyezz (196)
• China
7 Sep 10
My boss too.Often i finish my shif ,he will give my much tasks to ask me to finish them.i was very angry but i still do them.So before turning off the PC,i often ask my boss if there are sometings to do.To my suprise is that he often says your shift is over such as this situation and give no tash to me.LOL
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