I recently returned to my old department after being seconded in a different role for the last 18 months or so. Had that Heartbeat, Sunday night feeling when you think the world is about to fall out of your arse at the first catch-up session yesterday when they were discussing the 9-5 cover rota (we need to have one member of the team on call during the core working hours).
For context, there's a woman in my team who absolutely despises working until 5pm, Just cannot bear to be in the office past 4:15pm. Always offers to be in early in return for someone covering her late. The past couple of days I have said to whoever has been designated to stay until 5pm that I will cover it for them, as I was planning on being here anyway.
Yesterday it was this woman's turn to be on the 5pm finish. I was planning on being here until after 5pm, but was fucked if I was covering her shift so she could go early. Could see the seethe emanate from her pores as the clock ticked closer to 5 and I was still here, working away. Was delicious picking my bag up at 4:57pm and saying "Night".
All that said however, I have agreed to work condensed hours as I am no longer able to work from home as done previously in my seconded role due to the sensitive information I work with, which means two days each week I will finish at 2:30pm in order to do the school run, meaning I will be here until well after 5pm on the other three days each week.
As expected, this morning she sent out the rota, showing me as being the 5pm finish the three days I am not finishing at 2:30.pm. Dunno why this has annoyed me as much as it has. Probably because it's making her happy, and I don't like that.