That's Not My Job !!!!!!!
"That not my job" how does that phrase affect you ? Should it be yours or there's , or both ? At work more then likely you've heard someone asked something or you ask something of a person and that's the answer you hear . I''ll land up doing it in the end but it ticks me off , people , just being pigheaded and lazy . Some people are there just to collect a check and not there as a team effort to work !!!!!
In my line of work, passing the buck usually stems from who has the proverbial, bigger c*ck.
When I deal with customers, there's several responsibilities the customer has, that as a rule of thumb, I may do out of courtesy (and sometimes to make the experience less painful for everyone involved!), especially if they don't know how to do that responsibility. In other instances, I'll point them in the right direction, instead of just blowing them off.
If you ever deal with someone who wants to pass the buck, the only person who should be determining what someone's job is, is the supervisor, or the written job description. I say go to the schmuck's supervisor for the straight scoop, and if the supervisor gives you the same answer, ask to be pointed in the right direction. If they say that the responsibility invariably falls on you, check with YOUR supervisor to make sure they're not feeding you BS.
Worst case, if you REALLY wanna stir the pot, go to the overall supervisor to express the problem and lack of direction. This person will most likely NOT wanna deal with what they consider to be a trivial concern that could be handled at a lower level. He/She will then get on BOTH lower-level supervisors for being unable to handle a simple problem, who will now be forced to address the issue and come to a productive solution. If you go this route, be prepared for any shrapnel directed your way!
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That statement's usually true.
It's not everybody's job to do everything. If you can't think of somebody who's getting paid more----or less----than you do, at your place of employment, then I'll take "poor teamwork" as an excuse. Otherwise, I think the "poor teamwork" and the "bad attitude" lies with the person getting offended at "it's not my job." Why do you want them to do something they're not getting paid to do? So you don't have to do it? Is it YOUR job, perhaps?
I know a manager, of another store in the chain I work for, who has members of his crew doing things that Aren't Their Jobs. He has one do the inventory each week, one do the store's order, one do the scheduling, one do the vendor orders, etc. etc. etc. And this guy pulls a salary equal to what any 4 of his workers make, yet he's never in the store. He drops by every morning for 1-2 hours to do those things he'd get fired for giving associates access to.
And calls my store whenever he gets stuck, because he no longer knows how to do his own job... if indeed he ever did.
I cook food for a living, primarily; I also manage my department. Even in a place that is nothing but a restaurant, which this is not (the main part of the store is basic retail) there are people who do the cooking, specifically. Do YOU want to eat somewhere where the people who do the cooking are the same ones who scrub the bathrooms, or pick up cigarette butts in the parking lot? That's not my job, and I've repeatedly refused to do it on that grounds. I'm cooking food, constantly. I'm handling food, before and after it is cooked. Find someone else from amongst the 5-6 people who are here, who aren't doing that, to scrub the shit off the side of the toilet... y'know?
(I have actually offered to do this, when asked, provided that I was allowed----without punching out, mind you----to go home afterwards, wash my uniform, and shower, then come back for whatever remained of my shift)
Last edited by Azrael; 04-28-2007 at 02:03 PM.
I'm a copywriter in a newsroom. I normally work by myself at a terminal editing and arranging print.
Occasionally my boss will call for me to answer phones or perform some light secretarial duties. Its not so bad though, it rarely happens and I was fortunate enough to work under a boss that doesn't resemble Mr. Spacely from "The Jetsons" I'll have to decline from time to time if I'm swamped, but she takes it in good stride
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I know when I worked as a journeyman clerk (basically a senior checkout girl) in a grocery store, I'd get bored when things were slow and try to help out by emptying trashcans, etc. The union rep, if he caught me, would always descend upon me. "This is NOT your job, leave it for the janitorial." Some sort of protecting themselves against accidents, workman's comp or some such BS. I hope this helps. If we disregarded his advice, we got ratted out and written up. After so many, you'd be fired.
In todays world there is a fine line between being a "team player" and a patsy. sometimes you just have to draw the line. It's usually a case by case basis. If someone requests something of me that is way out from left field, then I just tell them "it's not my job". I will tell them where to go to or point them in the right direction, though so I don't look like a complete asshole. Sometimes you have to tell them "it's not my job" so you can get your own job done.
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I tend to use that phrase a lot.
You see, when you start doing other peoples job, they tend to expect it.
It is one of those phrases that most people use yet everyone hates to hear others say it.