Some People Are More Tasking Than Others

| Wales, UK | Working | July 25, 2017

(My manager is away for the weekend and has asked me to cover his shifts which involves me working two extra hours in addition to my normal shifts. These are two hours I won’t get back, but needs must as I’m the best person to cover what needs to be done so I agree. Saturday evening we find out that three of our coworkers are being pulled away by the owner of the company for a work-related day trip. We arrange for most of the work to be covered by remaining staff or interns but there is one remaining task that HAS to be done at a certain time: a time I’m not physically available for due to existing work commitments. This conversation takes place with a coworker who has arranged the cover conveniently so she’s the only one doing her own work and nothing extra.)

Coworker: “You can do [task]. It’s not fair to ask anyone else.”

Me: “Well, not really because I need to do [other task] at that same time; I can’t be in two places at once.”

Coworker: “I need to split the cover fairly. I can’t ask any of the others to do it so it has to be you.”

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