I don’t mind doing my job at work–or even going the going the extra mile. But I do not like when people (the vets) start to take advantage and cross the line. Maybe I’ll do something nice, extra that’s personal. But don’t expect personal favors all the time. Or worse, reprimand me when I don’t deliver them. And I have worked for some vets (few and far between) that actually maintain boundaries and do things for themselves, perhaps even jumping in to clean an exam table once in awhile. That’s highly appreciated. But the other side of the coin is highly offensive, and deserves a rant. Here are 3 examples (though there are many more things):
For instance, I am fine with doing laundry at work. And I will wash doctor coats or coworker’s scrubs. And I’ll dry them and hang them. But don’t expect me to check your pockets as if I’m your mother. MY mother didn’t even check my pockets as a child. Be a big girl and take the pens out yourself. And if I wash your badge–you shoulda removed it before throwing it in the laundry basket–your fault, not mine. PS–if this happens repeatedly, get frustrated at yourself and what a slow learner you are. It’s simple, if you don’t want it washed remove it prior to mixing your item in with all the ick-scum laundry. An addition to laundry–don’t require me to lint roll personal items as if I’m your personal assistant. I mean, writing it as a to-do item on the white board?! Are you kidding me with that? Yeah I did it: Under “Lint roll jackets” I put and iron slacks and fetch dry cleaning? ‘Cause, come on. I’m not your fucking maid. You’re lucky I even wash your personal clothes–I pay coin-op to wash my scrubs at home, just like every other employee. Also, I just work here–as a (very, very busy) veterinary assistant, P.S.
And you can clean your own personal desk too. THAT’s not my job. And we both know if I misplaced something, threw it away, or something turned up missing/lost you would jump all over my case in a heart beat. You don’t even like when I touch the files you’ve yet to write up–and that’s a legit part of my job! I want NO responsibility over your personal stuff. I don’t ask you to buss my table when I’m finished eating lunch (when I get one, that is) so don’t
ask me expect/require me to organize your personal space.
A major pet-peeve of mine: When people bring their pets to work [which I’m not a fan of b/c it’s distracting, takes up valuable space, and requires someone’s time], but don’t care for them, clean them, or clean the cage/kennel when they’re finished. Yes, I do these things for paying CLIENTS. That’s part of my job. A job I’m doing the whole time I’m at work. When employees and vets bring their pet–that’s out of my realm. That takes away from the clients and animal care I’m supposed to be providing. And your personal animal’s $hitty crate, like really messed up pooped and barfed on Vary kennel–that’s all YOU. Don’t strategically leave it laying around all dirty, don’t wait 10 hours to address it–if you bring something in, come earlier then you’re supposed to be at work so you can handle all personal business before you have to clock in. Once you’re at work, your time belongs to the business–so does mine. You bring it in, you deal. Especially when we are already busy, you didn’t put it on the schedule, and you bring in 3-4 animals every week. Or daily. Also, don’t expect us to take time away from hospitalized patients, emergencies, drop-off, and scheduled appointments during business time to take your (or your friend’s) pet’s vitals daily, do diagnostics, etc. . . Surprise this is a business. And surprise, surprise I’m NOT your slave–even though I work like one.