Sometimes I forget how prevalent sexism is, and tonight it was shoved in my face.
First, I broke a rule commonly broken on shift and got lectured by the guy supervisor who breaks it most often and a newer guy who is TRAINING.I am a supervisor, don’t act like you know more than me. I know what I am doing. I made a decision to break this rule because literally no-one has enforced it. Why is it you can break the rule all you want, but when I break it it’s suddenly not okay?
Second (and most important), the only other girl on tonight is a really dedicated worker. Her timecards rack up crazy hours and she is quite often exhausted or quiet on shift. Supposedly (I wasn’t present) tonight, she was “different” and “really out of it”. Repeatedly she was asked by others if she was okay and she said “Yes”. The same supervisor and guy in training asked her to leave work early. She did, but was clearly displeased with this. Afterward, the two men sat around saying they were concerned about her and that the fact that she didn’t reach our for help when something was clearly wrong. They mused over whether it was “her time of the month” or if she would want them to check in on her later. They found it disconcerting that she wasn’t happy knowing that they cared.
Call me crazy, but if she’s doing her job, then what does it matter if she is out of it? You don’t know why she’s mad? Probably because you won’t take her word for it when she says she’s okay. As though somehow you’re more of an expert on her needs and how she’s feeling than she is. As though she can’t possibly speak for herself. Duh. And the reliance on “her time of the month” reasoning is narrow-minded. Shut. Up. The training guy mentioned that he was going to invite her to breakfast to check back in. Ha. Good luck with that. Hope she bites your head off with her “time of the month” teeth.
Grrrrrrr. End rant.