What is your most memorable "that’s not in my job description" experience at work?
However, after I began reading through some of the safety protocols, I came across the protocol for handling “bomb threats” in the facility. This topic was of strong interest to me as there were many workplace shootings occurring throughout the country at the time (This was in the late 90’s/early 2000’s). I took for granted it included evacuating the building etc.
However, one line caught my attention, and I had a “What is wrong them?” experience.
I can’t remember it verbatim, but after clearing people out of our assigned area, we as front-line supervisors were expected to ride our chariots (which resembled scooters, or some were golf carts) around the facility and look for “suspicious” packages.
You know the feeling of when you first read something, that your “flow” may feel light as you take in the information and quickly process it? Well, when I arrived at the paragraph about "searching for suspicious packages," the reading “flow” screeched to an abrupt halt for a few seconds. It was the proverbial “pin drop” moment. I shifted in my seat for a moment and thought about what I had just read. I reasoned that I was reading so much information it had to be a mistake. I mean, I couldn’t have read that correctly. Right?
I re-read it to be clear. Yep, that’s what they wanted us to do. They wanted us to drive around a 1.5M sq. foot facility or whatever our assigned area was and look for a potential package with a bomb in it. Let that sink in and then let’s spell C-R-A-Z-Y. Because that is exactly what must have been what was wrong with them when they wrote that mess. Yep, that wasn’t going to happen. I reasoned that if I got my team out of the building safely, I wasn’t going to go search for a bomb. I decided that would be the day I would lose my job.
While it was “technically” in my job description, it may as well not been in there. Now if I would’ve seen a “suspicious” package on my way out, of course, I would advise the authorities, but I wasn’t going to go look for it. Afterall, I wasn’t McGuyver (google the name), CSI, Batman, nor a superhero. So yeah, not going to happen.
Fortunately, I never had to leave my job for that reason.
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