March 24, 2004
Dr. J. Harris;
I am writing this letter in response to your voicemail that was left for me at 7:30 pm on Monday, March 22. In the voicemail, you effectively demoted me without cause, and made several statements which I found to be strange and somewhat offensive.
You stated that you would be taking over the scheduling of the employees because, in your words, "you don't want to do it anymore." This is blatantly untrue. I had no interest in giving up my duties supervising the staff. I was quite happy to do it. I did tell you, when we spoke on the morning of March 21 that I would not be the person who would go around firing employees for you on your whim, as it was your own responsibility. I do suspect that my unwillingness to play the "bad guy" for you has something to do with all this, but as I have been giving no reasons for my demotion, this is speculation. I did at no time contest your authority to make decisions such as which employees are to be kept on staff and which ones are to be let go.
Mention was made of my "stress situation", which I find to be odd and inappropriate. Dealing with my co-workers did not bring me stress - quite the opposite, in fact. I found great joy in training new employees, scheduling, hiring, and I had no problem handling the dismissal of employees when it was made necessary. I'm unsure what you are trying to insinuate with your comment, but it was unwelcome. Work has not been a source of undue stress for me.
You made the statements that I am "welcome to just do the bookwork - I'd like it if you just did that" and also "you can keep your tech hours." To be honest, I have no interest in doing half the job I was assigned. The bookwork is enjoyable, but I will not be continuing to do it. As I have never received any compensation or hours for doing the paperwork beyond my regular wages as a technician at COCEAC, this cessation of additional duties should have no effect on my hours or wages. My offer to the board of maintaining the office and supplies, in exchange for an increase in wages and benefits, has been rescinded in a separate letter to the board.
The "bookwork" has been completed for the most part through the end of the month. The logbooks will be completed up to the end of my shift on March 30/31. The accounts that need to be sent to collections have been sent, and the bills have all been sent out in time to reach the clients by the first of April. You will all the forms and supplies needed for billing in the office and in the "word processing" section of DVMaxx. As you received as much training with the computer system as I did, and as you said, you have much more experience running hospitals and a much greater educational background, you should find the computer system to be quite simple. You have been given the passwords to the system multiple times, and if you find that you have forgotten them, feel free to e-mail me and I will give them to you again. All of the keys to the time clock and the storage unit are in the office. The gate code to the storage unit is 3996. The phone numbers for our printers and maintenance people are on the bulletin board in the office.
You have indicated that you are familiar with ordering. The list of our vendors is in the office on the bulletin board. An order should probably be done this week, and Dr. Stumpp has requested some special items. Devon is a great resource for finding the hard-to-find items.
Per Kathy, I have (x) vacation hours available to me. I do wish to use those hours for the shifts of April 3 (12 hours) and April 10 (12 hours). I hope it is also clear that, as I am no longer responsible for any area of staff management, I will not be able to cover the Friday graveyard shifts that were left unfilled.
In closing, I am bewildered and insulted by your behavior as of late. Your insistence that I "choose a side" in an issue that was originally none of anyone's business but yours and Rachel's was out of line. I am not on "Rachel's side". I am not on anyone's side. In a management position, my interests lie not in choosing sides in a disagreement but doing what is best for the business. Dividing the employees is not, in my opinion, good for the business.
i almost want to get fired ... i've never been fired before ...