Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teacher's Pet.

Let me preface by saying apologies in advance if any of this post comes off as tooting my own horn, but I promise, it's integral to the story.

I've always been a bit of a 'good girl.' (Sometimes 'good girl gone bad,' but that's a story for another time)
At work, I've always tried my best to avoid drama - come in, do my job to the best of my ability, and go home. For a while, it worked out for the best. But lately, it's been biting me in the ass.
The great thing about good work ethic is first pick in scheduling, stations, etc. I'm allowed to run the register, and usually put in charge if the manager on duty isn't around. You can get away with a little bit more if you're not running your mouth or causing problems, as long as you don't take advantage.
But then, it turns into a high-school flashback. For example, I recently picked up Thursday nights.
I was told, "Okay, when you start, you'll have station two."
Great station in the front, five small booths and a six-seater. Good amount of turn-over, but usually not enough to get stuck. Easily my favorite.
That pushes the person who WAS on station two into the back, a less desirable station. I know it's because the previous person can't handle it as well as I can, and because I'm much more help to the MOD - register, seating, to-gos, etc. I didn't ask for it, and no wasn't taken for an answer.
Now, I know this will spawn some shit-talking behind my back.
"I had that station for months, and she gets to come in and take it from me in one night!"

I know I shouldn't feel bad because I didn't do anything WRONG, but I don't like the thought of people disliking me. I've been called anywhere from cold, to conceited and stuck-up, to a brown-noser, all because I'm doing what I should be doing.

Since when did being a good worker become a bad thing?


  1. Don't worry about it. You earned it fair and square. If they can't figure it out or the manager doesn't point it out when they complain about it, then tough noogies. Not your problem.

    Congratulations btw.

  2. You earned it, the other person didn't. Even if he/she DOES talk shit about you, they will only be embarrassing themselves...because the people they run their mouths to will know that. If they want the section, they can run food.

    I hate it when people say that certain sections are 'theirs' because they usually get it on certain nights. Honestly, the good sections should be meted out based on work ethic mainly, with seniority a secondary consideration. Anything else is unprofessional favoritism on the managers' part.

  3. Thanks Skippy! I always look forward to your advice.
    WW, I completely agree with you. We do things the way we do things, and people still assume a certain section is 'theirs' for whatever reason, and get pissy when they don't have it. Oh well, we'll find out in a week!