I don’t like being rude.
Okay, that’s not true. I love the chance to be snarky and sarcastic to people, and it is rare that I don’t have a comment for something.
The problem is, I don’t like to be rude when I am at work, or when I am doing work for someone else. Two weeks ago I accepted a position as a research assistant at the university. Before I can begin, though, I have to go through an orientation about what it means to be a graduate assistant, and how to not divulge sensitive information while I am working (seriously, I can’t make this up). The woman I am working for tracked down HR and got me all the info I needed after my first meeting with her, and then things fell apart.
I emailed HR and they only offer the orientation two days a week; Wednesday from 9-11 and Friday from 11-1. The woman who runs the orientation told me that I needed to pick one of those days and bring the standard ID for taxes and such. I work during both of those times, but the library was nice enough to give me time on Friday to go to the training.
HR lady cancelled the first Friday. I accepted that and rescheduled for this Friday.
HR lady cancelled again today and told me to just come to the Wednesday meeting.
I understand that she has a busy schedule, but her casual dismissal of the fact that I was given a choice, picked one, and then rearranged my schedule to be there in her given time frame really made me angry.
I emailed her and rather rudely pointed out that she gave me two options and I picked the one that I could work into my schedule. I told her that if she really wanted it to be on Wednesday then it had to be after I got off work as I already took two days off to accommodate her cancelling scheduled events at the last minute. I also pointed out that she has put me two weeks behind in my work, and that is disrespectful to the professor I work for.
She emailed me back 6 hours later and told me I can keep my appointment….she didn’t sign her email.
I did not enjoy being rude to her, but I really resent the fact that my time is not considered important. It is bad enough to cancel once, but twice was just too much for me. I’m not so sure the library would have been so forgiving if I changed my schedule again.
I’m hoping that she is so fed up with dealing with me that she does a short version of the orientation and I can be ready to work by Monday.
I’m not going to hold my breath though.