So, I have a job working for a Janitorial company. They contract jobs out to the surrounding buisnesses, and then have their janitors clean up the place.
This is my first real job, so was was determined to make a good impression. My boss walked me through the tasks I needed to do every day, and also gave me a list of everything that needed to be done every once in a while.
Everything was normal for the first few weeks. I went in, cleaned the building, and went home. Not a bad first job. Then they happened.
I came into work, and there was a note on the janitor closet door from the building manager It was asking me to sweep up the cigarette butts in the parking lot. That was on my list of ocassional tasks, and I wasn't sure when I was suposed to do it, so I signed the note with my initial to let them know I acnowledged it and went out to do that.
At first, that was it. Nothing too special, but then, the notes started coming more and more. Most of them were telling me to do things that weren't on my list of duties, daily or otherwise. I didn't want to tick off my bosses, so I did them anyway, even though they usually kept me at the office for anywere from thirty minutes to an hour overtime without pay.
This kept on for a while. Then I got a call from my supervisor. It turns out that the building manager was sick of leaving me notes for things I wasn't even supposed to be doing. They had gone over my boss's head to complain to HIS supervisor about my supposed performance flaws.
Now keep in mind:
A: This is my first job.
B: I have to clean the ENTIRE building. That means vaccuming, sweeping, mopping, taking out the trash, cleaning the restrooms, AND washing the windows for at least 15 rooms, on top of whatever else they wanted me to do.
C: I only get 90 paid minutes to clean the building. The only reason for me to stay overtime would be if I didn't get something essential clean, like the trash or vaccuming.
Fortunately, I'd aced all my inspections thus far, so my boss was on my side, and he tells me he'll explain this to them and try to convince them to lighten up.
I got significantly fewer notes after that.
They didn't completely stop...
But that's another story.