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In the past 6 months I've attended 4 wrong shifts. In the first month, I was under assumption my times never changed. A few weeks later someone stole my rota it mysteriously went missing. I had an …
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1d, 2w agoPosted 1 decade, 2 weeks ago
In the past 6 months I've attended 4 wrong shifts.

In the first month, I was under assumption my times never changed. A few weeks later someone stole my rota it mysteriously went missing. I had an informal warning. Everything went fine and dandy for the past 5 months until last week.

I had the flu and I read my rota wrong, what were the chances of 3rd of Feb and 3rd of March being on a Saturday? :oops:

I had informal action taken again and I justified my reasoning fully and apologised relentlessly. I was told of the consequences if it happened again and I full agreed.

Today, I searched my whole room and I couldn't find my rota. I was almost certain that I was on 9-6 shift as opposed to 11-8. I went in and my supervisor told me come back on my right shift (11-8 ).

I've somewhat thought she wasn't clear enough in the past but this time round I genuinely don't know what to say in about an hour to her. I feel disciplinary coming along which can ultimately lead to dismissal.

I'm stumped for words. What do you guys think? :-(
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1d, 2w agoPosted 1 decade, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Offer to work extra hours to make up any time youv'e lost or for any inconvience caused.
Stick your rota in a prominent place ie the fridge door, so you can check it on a regular basis.
#2
what were the chances of 3rd of Feb and 3rd of March being on a Saturday?

75% - Feb and March days are always the same except in a leap year. ;-)

How can you get in trouble for turning up early? Surely they'd only be bothered if you were supposed to be on at 9 and turned up at 11? :?
#3
only advice i could offer, is to photocopy every new shift rosta you get and keep multiple copies. maybe in addition to that mark them off on a wall calendar. It was the only way we could keep on top of my husbands erratic shift pattern.
#4
Say you knew you started at 11, but you come early incase of traffic
#5
Use the calendar facility on your mobile phone, with reminders / alarms.

Bluetooth it all to your computer as well.
#6
Same as some of the above comments. How can they discipline you for arriving for work early.
#7
Point out that you have been a good worker for the past 5 months, and didnt actually miss todays shift.

Say that you have now got a system in place so that you wont be mistaken about shift times again.
#8
Really seems harsh, what type of work is it?
#9
Are you in a Trade Union?
I used to be a TGWU Official defending and looking after the rights of our Members, but I must admit, I've never dealt with a case like yours.
To be blunt and honest, you need to sort yourself out. Get a grip.
#10
If in doubt, ring up work and ask! :thumbsup:
#11
birdyboyuk
If in doubt, ring up work and ask! :thumbsup:


thought this would be the most obvious suggestion?

Surely nothing can happen for coming in early anyway.
#12
dark_shadow
Today, I searched my whole room and I couldn't find my rota. I was almost certain that I was on 9-6 shift as opposed to 11-8. I went in and my supervisor told me come back on my right shift (11-8 )....

I feel disciplinary coming along which can ultimately lead to dismissal.


Seems a bit harsh sacking you for turning up early, although they are within their rights to ask you to go away and come back at the right time. Heck, it's surely not as bad as being 2 hours late for a shift!

Don't worry if they do end up sacking you over this - it probably reflects more on their own attitude towards their employees than it does against you! :)

Btw, what were you doing attending work whilst you had the 'flu? Any decent employer should send you home until you were better if not for your sake, for the sake of other employees, and possibly their customers. They shouldn't be disciplining you.
#13
dark_shadow

Today, I searched my whole room and I couldn't find my rota. I was almost certain that I was on 9-6 shift as opposed to 11-8. I went in and someone asked who I was, I told them and asked what had happened, the factory looked somewhat different? They said they have no idea what the heck I was talking about. They said they had never seen me before, I then realised I was in the wrong factory.



I'm stumped for words. What do you guys think? :-(


:giggle: :giggle: :giggle:
#14
I think you need to donate that class act of a PC to charity..it's having an adverse affect on your rota....just PM me and I'll take it off yer hands for nowt LOL....but seriously just make a sincere apology and assure your employer that it will not happen again..get in first it's always the best way.
#15
Well said,Steve and well said jelli:thumbsup:

Sound advice from currychops also and others,as said previously,find a system that WORKS for you in remembering what shift you are working,pin it on a wall or fridge,get a small diary that you immediately write down the shifts for the weeks ahead as soon as you receive your rota.....something along those sorts of lines.

Despite all that has happened as long as your work is good there should be no reason for further disciplinary action,no-one I know has ever been disciplined for coming in to work too early!

Maybe you are a genius and something as mundane as work rotas just do not figure highly in your superbrain processes:-D
#16
I know the money's not as good, but you ever thought of getting a 9 to 5 job:thinking:
#17
How does your Rota work? For example over how many weeks does it cycle before it comes back to week 1?

For example if it is a 3 weeks cycle then just think what you were on the week before and work back over. Work out what 2 shifts you have done in the last two weeks and then you get your answer for your current week.

Come on mate, I have had a right laugh at this, I am not one for pulling people down but I really do think this is a little silly.

But chin up and as stated, how can they even contemplate giving you a final warning or even worse for going in to work early?

Or were you surmising that you may cock up again and go in late, then they will fire you?
#18
Thanks fordy or rayman (sorry i didnt see you online). Just a bit inappropriate I think.:-D
#19
Unnecessary posts unapproved.
#20
I've been doing shift work for too long and would hate the boring "9-5" routine, everyone going in at the same time, jammed roads etc.. mind you, this my last night shift (it has dragged, but at least HUKD has helped:thumbsup: ) and I'll be glad to see my family.

Since starting shift work, I always write down in my diary what shift I'm on as my shifts vary day by day.
This has never failed me except when I forgot to write down a couple of shifts, so goto plan B, ring work! Helps everytime.

I think your battle plan should be:
Week before, write down all your shifts in a diary or use your mobile calander.
Use the Calander function on your PC, if you have one or use google calander if not, and put all your shifts in that. Set it up so that a reminder pops up the day before.

REMEMBER: if in doubt, ring work!
#21
I dont understand how you can be so confused about which shifts your doing. I always know exactly which shift im on - and my shifts change every week, plus I also know who im working with, what time theyre coming in etc - I even know their numbers to log them into the system.
just seems abit careless not to write your hours down somwhere then say someone "stole" your rota.

dont mean to be harsh but its common sense to write down your hours, especially if theyre prone to change, and like everyone else said - ring in!!

im a supervisor and ive never been mad at someone for ringing in to say theyve forgotten which shift theyre doing, or if someones come in for the wrong shift.
#22
use a diary as well as sticking copies up all over the place. mobiles are all very well to put reminders in but a small diary with them all written in that you can keep with you all the time works for me - in fact mines a bigger diary that has everything written in it - including sons activities and parents so that i can work the whole week out. I work shifts and the first few months were awful as i had to look at my shift rota every couple of hours to check the next time i was working but it does get easier to remember
#23
I work shift and mine for the whole year is recorded in the diary

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