questionswhat should i do about my job?


my job as much when i have to worry about the OR, and everybody can read it on my face, but what can i do?


You have a boss who tells you what to do at work - most people don't get to choose whether or not to accept their boss's assignments, including the surgical x-ray duties. I think your choice is to keep working there or not, if it is that bad.


Most people eventually have to work with, or work for, assholes at some point in their careers. Learning how to deal with it when it happens to you is one of the most valuable learning experiences that you can have. The key is to always respond with grace and professionalism.


Your choice is to accept it, or look for another job. That is today's job market. When you get to my age, you can tell them no, and retire like I did.


I would wait it out and see if your boss actually ever asks to you to it. She said ok and "if she's backed in to a corner she'll need to ask you to do it", so it sounds like it might only be if there's no one else to do it. You never know, it might never happen and then you've been worrying over something that's not an issue. So see what happens, and then if it does and it happens regularly, then you might want to start looking elsewhere.


@lmensor: its happening, and there are plenty of other xray techs for her to choose but they did not volunteer to b-code in the first place, so it seems im being punished/forced because i volunteered to help in the beginning


@drsilentg: find another job, then. If/when you leave and put in your notice - tell HR why you left. Politely. Very politely.


It's time to make a list of what you like about your job and what you don't like. Do you generally like your job? Just how onerous is the OR duty? Bad enough to risk moving to another job less pleasant than what you have now? How available are jobs in your field? Would the pay be better or worse? Benefits? Commute time shorter or longer? Is longevity on your current job helpful, or do people come and go so much in your occupation that time in one place doesn't matter?

Your employer is buying eight hours of your time; to a large extent, the "needs of the business" will govern your actual duties on a day-to-day basis. Gracefully accepting change can go a long way to making your boss look favorably on you, especially when you need a little slack cut for your own purposes. (For example, I am always willing to make a schedule change when asked, which is fairly rare, because my work-force people try hard to accommodate my requests for a swap when I need one.)




Sometimes it helps to think of your job description as being "making my boss's job easier." Being the go-to guy can buy an enormous amount of good will.

I'm against the "tell it to HR politely" advice, which has a high likelihood of biting you in the butt. In today's litigious job market, most companies will only reply to an employment-history request with the actual dates of employment, but they usually happily answer the question of "is he eligible for rehire by you?" You do NOT want that answer to be in the negative.


To me, it sounds like by no longer volunteering to "B-code" you would not be their first choice to be called there (anyone on that still volunteers would). But by the description of your position where rotating to the OR when needed was part of the job to start, if they need someone to go there and there's no volunteers available you're certainly eligible to go.

I could see a potential issue if you get sent a lot more than the rest of the non-volunteers, but unless that happens if they need someone to go there on occasion you're just as likely to be called as anyone else in the same position as you. Unless I'm understanding the position incorrectly, I wouldn't get worried unless you start taking the brunt of the OR assignments when you shouldn't be.


for anyone who's done time in the military - rule #1 is never volunteer for anything. In general, that's a good rule in hierarchy related jobs, as well lol. (ie: your own boss isn't the final say)


I work in the private sector and with my current company began in the learning organization. After 12 years and about 15 managers later, my job has slowly changed a little at a time until I ended up in the human resources organization. I did not apply for any job changes. It was either accept the changes or leave.

My philosophy is just go with the flow and do whatever the company needs me to do.


@goatcrapp: Amen.

TO the OP, here is what they are saying. You volunteered to help, which is admirable, but now that you volunteered you can't unvolunteer. Other people didn't volunteer so I would hate to screw them, but I don't mind screwing you because, well, you volunteered for it in the first place.

IN some businesses, they intentionally abuse their hardest workers because everyone else is considered lazy. THE USPS is one that I am informed of, to the point that they teach supervisors to work those workhorses into the ground.

My best advice, although it is technically the worst advice,is to get stupid. If you get stupid your boss won't ask you to do anything extra, ever. But don't over do it to the point of getting fired.

I was going to add more but deleted it, too lengthy to get into.


@drsilentg: I just wanted to offer my sympathy because I've been in a similar position: volunteer to do something to help out and find it impossible/difficult to extract myself when it turns out to be unpleasant/overwhelming/not my cup of tea. It's a lousy feeling to feel "punished" for a good deed while others, who were not as thoughtful, escape.

It sounds like you just had this conversation with your supervisor, so my advice (since you asked!) is to wait before panicking and see how often you get sent to the OR. Your post suggests that rotating through the OR was previously one of your responsibilities so you may still get sent, but perhaps it won't be more often than it used to be. If you talk to your supervisor again, my suggestion is to concentrate on the unpleasant work environment, not "the pay differential isn't enough to make up for the unpleasant work environment." The former is something that should be addressed; the latter sounds a lot like whining.


@neuropsychosocial: good idea... i did tell her i dont enjoy my job when i am forced to do it, she said she understands that.... so we will see


If you continue to be sent to the OR, either leave or request to get at least that extra $1. Not much else to do.


As best I can tell from your summary (not that you were unclear, just using some unfamiliar terminology), in the past you would carry your specialized skills from department to department, working wherever you were assigned. The most difficult of your departments assembled a team of specialists which will greatly reduce the need for "floaters", but there is still some need for them. The creation of the team included a pay bump for both the regular team members and the floaters when they work in that department. If all this is correct, this is my suggestion: Forget completely about the fact that you volunteered to take on those shifts and then asked to be relieved of them. Just look at it as, the OR department now has a permanent team of X-Ray techs, so you will be expected to take fewer tours there than in the past, and you will get a small pay bump when you do. Things are actually better now than they were before.