I asked him to call me by my name at all times and he said that I take such good care of him that he has a hard time calling me by my first name.
I don’t do anything above and beyond what I would do for any coworker that needs my help.
But if your manager isn’t just enforcing the law, then you can certainly try explaining to her that you work better — and are happier — on a different schedule.
You could say this to her: “I’ve noticed you’ve started scheduling breaks on my calendar.
The problem is, I’m feeling badgered by the fact that they keep asking me if I’ve taken a break, or if I’ve taken a break and it seems too short to them, they’ll ask if I’ve taken a “real” break.
I work long hours on my own volition because I take pride in the work that I do, and honestly, sometimes I’d rather be at work due to personal issues at home.
I really want to say “I appreciate your concern, but I’m really into my project and will take a break when I’m ready.” Is this unreasonable?
Am I supposed to be like my coworkers and take personal calls all the time and just work my schedule and nothing more?
I’m starting to feel like I’m being counseled for working.
He comes from a very sheltered background and is not very worldly.
When he first started, the entire team took him under our wing to show him workplace norms and professional behavior.
I also tend to work long hours because I have a medical condition (um related to flatulence?
) where I need to leave our work area to “air out” periodically throughout the day, meaning I’m away from my desk during work hours and end up working past my scheduled end time so I can work alone without distractions and worrying if someone will hear my *ahem* medical issue.