Do you think this is reasonable?

    I work as a merchandiser in retail at the moment, I have done this for the past 3 years, up until about 6 months ago my job involved putting out stock, pricing and filling gaps which was obviously what I was hired to do but since we have had a new boss he has been asking me to do things like painting shelves in store/ scraping gum off of the floor/ cleaning (even though we pay an external cleaner) and de-weeding the outside of the store, anytime I question whether these things are in my job desription i'm told 'your job description is to follow any reasonable request that a manager gives you'.

    My question is do you think these things are reasonable requests?




    Check your contract, very closely, make some notes, then ask for a meeting with him, shouldn't be so hard?


    I question whether these things are in my job desription i'm told 'your job description is to follow any reasonable request that a manager gives you'.

    Why question your manager, just check your job description!

    I question whether these things are in my job desription i'm told 'your job description is to follow any reasonable request that a manager gives you'.

    Obviously, as has been said, check your job description. You could argue that it is not reasonable to expect a shelf stacker to be painting shelves, especialy if you are constantly being asked to do jobs not in your job description. If someone who works behind a shop till is asked to run an errand by their manager, that would be a reasonable request. If the person was asked everyday to do this, then it would go from a request to a change in their job role.

    If the contract just says you are a worker, no tasks mentioned, then the only defense is to say you cannot do it as you do not have the skill set, and it is "dangerous" to do the "new" job untrained.

    If the job description says excactly what you used to do only, and has no clause that you have to do any other reasonable request, then the only way you will get anywhere is to have a Union behind you.

    Otherwise, when you start to make a fuss, and complain through the formal grievance procedures to his own manager, then they might make up stuff and sack you, or even just unfairly dismiss you and risk a tribunal.

    Depends what is reasonable.

    If a hospital asked a cleaner to perform brain surgery, that is not only unreasonable, it is illegal.

    If everyone has to make sure the work environment is safe to work in, "tidying up" would be reasonable.

    Ask the Union, if you have one, we do not know what your grievance proceedures and terms of contract are.

    I must admit, unless they provided protective clothing, painting shelves is pushing it a bit, there are health and safety issues for people untrained as industrial painters, potentially causing danger to themselves and customers.

    As well as personal health issues, if you do not know how to clean the brushes safely if turps or some other inflammable solvent has to be used.

    Plus the potential damage to your clothing if not given protective clothing,

    does he stand behind you when you are bending down doing the extra tasks, maybe he likes your ass:whistling:


    Just quit. Regardless of legality, your boss sound like a c....

    Or just claim he touched you up. Probably will prob go away then.

    Yes pretty reasonable.

    I personally used to have the joy of picking up the litter from the forecourt on a Sunday morning without a litter picker, regardless of the weather of state of the place - the messier, the more I had to do.

    Had to do a large number of different tasks, but that was life. Cleaning is pretty much part of your duties really, as a cleaner isn't there 24/7 I would assume.

    i would welcome the distraction from shelf stacking

    Is it just you he has started to ask to do these sort of things, or people with the same job description as you?

    you could always go on strike! but seriously best thing to do is to sort it out with your manager if you are not happy then you may want to consider alternative employment


    I would say removing gum as unreasonable. As a dog handler I have been asked to do painting (on triple time), emptying bins, putting the bins out, vacuum cleaning, doing the laundry and digging up weeds to name a few, but not every day.

    Used to be a shelf stacker was never asked to do the things you've been asked to do, though I wouldn't moan at having to paint a shelf. I remember a few times having to clean up spilt milk when the cleaner was off, but then that's health and safety.

    ask for your pay to be doubled, if they say no throw paint all over the gaff and quit

    Having looked at a job description for Merchandiser It would seem to me that you professional position in being undermined by your manager.
    You seem to be being used as merchandiser / general dogs body.

    He is basically saying.

    . You have no professional status and are just a pair of hands he can use as he sees fit
    . The tasks you fulfill in terms of merchandising do not require a full time person to carry them out, and therefore you can spend time doing extra tasks he has or thinks up.

    Now if you are the only person being required to be this flexible then I would suggest your manager has a problem with either you personally or with the position you hold. If this is how he treats all staff in the workplace then it is down to his management philosophy, which I assume is along the lines of "We pay your salary so while your here you do as we say".

    I would suggest the only response to this is to do what you think is your real job to the best of your ability and using all the resources you have at your disposal. If you have free time, then use this to work on improvements in your systems and working practices etc. If you realise at this point that you do not have enough work, then it is time to sit down with your manager and discuss additions to your areas of responsibility in a clear and professional manner. I would add that these additions should be commensurate with your current status and complement your position rather than being a list of "what needs doing in the place".

    It you do have enough work to fill your hours then you should make it clear you have a full workload with the tasks that fall within your remit. It then becomes and discussion on whether your manager is trying to change your job to something else.

    Involve your union, even if it is just for you to talk things through with them and take copious notes of everything that happens and is said. This will help to organise your thoughts, but will also help if this goes further in future.
    Post a comment
      Top Discussions
      1. Question for electrician on bathroom fan44
      2. Is it worth spending £20k on a car?1722
      3. Iphone 7 - What Case?613
      4. Beds55

      See more discussions