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How do you handle when your work dictates how you get there . . . .

Hey folks. How do you handle it when your employer "tries" to dictate how you get there. I have been subjected to intimidation tactics for weeks now and my best option is to ignore it. What do you think? They would prefer I drive a cage.
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Hey folks. How do you handle it when your employer "tries" to dictate how you get there. I have been subjected to intimidation tactics for weeks now and my best option is to ignore it. What do you think? They would prefer I drive a cage.
Talk about a control issue! I have never heard of that, except for Ben Roethlisberger! What kind of work do you do?

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It would be helpful if you could elaborate on "dictate" and "intimidation tactics"
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Well . . . .

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It would be helpful if you could elaborate on "dictate" and "intimidation tactics"

Well it's like since I AM married and have children they (a group of specific) folks think they have a right in telling me how to get there.
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Well it's like since I AM married and have children they (a group of specific) folks think they have a right in telling me how to get there.
So basically its them just saying you shouldn't risk getting hurt because you have a family to provide for?

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They haven't a leg to stand on without a company-paid vehicle.

Then again, if you get to work looking like you crawled out of a ditch due to riding in foul weather and the inevitable helmet hair/wrinkled shirt and trousers, they could back-door it and say you need to look more presentable.

Actually getting there is your business, then it's theirs.
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Well it's like since I AM married and have children they (a group of specific) folks think they have a right in telling me how to get there.
That depends....if you are in the miltary, they do have the right...to a point.

Outside of that, if it were me I would tell them to smooch heavily on the furry part of my rear. Once they get the idea that they can't intimidate/influence/harass you, they will move on to someone else more easily pushed around.
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So basically its them just saying you shouldn't risk getting hurt because you have a family to provide for?
Well yes. I have taken the classes and ridden to work for 3 year's now and have been pretty save. I don't know why this is such a big issue.
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Dang... A few of my coworkers ride and we all get compliments on our rides. I cant imagine riding in one day and the boss says "You need to quit riding the bike to work."

I think jcstratt nailed it...

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Why are you being so secretive about it. Tell us what they are saying and who it is. An employer has control over there property and there employees while they are on the clock, outside of those controls then they have no control of what you do. I am under a clause in my contract that is what's called a "morality clause" so what i do outside of work could affect my employment. Sounds like you work for family or something.
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Dang... A few of my coworkers ride and we all get compliments on our rides. I cant imagine riding in one day and the boss says "You need to quit riding the bike to work."

I think jcstratt nailed it...
I show and do my job. It's help desk crap for computers. I am not valuable. I don't know what the big deal is. I work for Michael Alex Camp in Helena,AL. There are 40 of us that do the same job. Surely if I did die tomorrow from something I would be replaced overnight.

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Could they be jealous? I have dealt with people who always start the crap with "Motorcycles are dangerous" and "you could get killed on that thing" etc... Most of the people saying would be too scared to try it so I think they put motorcycles down to justify why they dont try it themselves.

Sorry your employer is giving you grief. Are they worried about their insurance rates going up if you wreck?
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Last time I checked it was a free country. Tell them to back off and mind their own business, your not hurting them.
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next time and every time it happens just nod you head and walk away. soon they should get the point.

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Take a newspaper with you each day for the next week and circle all the articles about cars, trucks and SUV's that had fatalities. Ask them should you ride a horse or walk?
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It is a free country, but when you collect a paycheck, your employer has you by the short and curlys.

I work for a guy who LOVES motorcycles. In fact, he was one of my MSF students. I work with another guy who was also one of my students. That said, we are prohibited from riding to work. We call on clients, and it would not present the proper company image for us to show up on site all sweaty with helmet hair.

I have a choice. Keep my job and drive my gas guzzling SUV or quit and ride my bike which I'll eventually have to sell to pay the bills.
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I spent 4 months doped up recovering from a dirt bike crash and the following surgeries. My boss now tells me to be careful every Friday afternoon because he knows I will be out riding something. That is his nice way of saying he would like to not see me on a bike. It was a long 4 months for him and some of my coworkers who had to pull my slack also.

I doubt there is anything they could do but in reality if they don't like it they could make my life hell until I left. Do what you feel comfortable with but keep in mind that it could affect your future career moves.

If it is just coworkers..........I'd tell them where shove thier judgements.

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Like others have said on here, if it is just coworkers and you're not worried about future promotions or they having the boss's ear, then I wouldn't worry about it...just ignore it. Though, if it is someone that has control over your career in any aspect, then you have to make a choice, job or cage. I do know that some places have control over things you do in your personal life and what type of image they would like, etc. If it is really bothering you I would go to your boss or your boss's boss and address the situation. (Not ratting on anyone, just ask if there is any problem with you commuting to work on a motorcycle.) You may want to add other tidbits to your specific situation and it also helps to find a boss who is a motocyclist also.

I knew a lady who was "let go" due to her insistence on riding. She rode Harleys, fully dressed (her and the bike), went to work early to change into nice clothes, after work, she changed back into the clothes and went home. The hint was dropped to her a couple of times, then her boss talked to her about it. How they didn't want that image portrayed. Well...she got upset, and did some other stuff (not wise stuff), needless to say, she doesn't work there anymore.

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With a screen name of "Angst", I suspect there's a reason you refer to your self that way and discount your value as an employee. Honestly, having a help desk job, I'd probably be pissed, too. No offense to those who really love "helping" people, but I personally couldn't do that work (for obvious reasons...I guess I could go by "Angst" myself , but that's for another thread)

In these troubled times of high unemployment, I guess you need to prioritize and figure out if you can get another job where they're not pinheads. If you can't replace the income (sounds like that's the case), you probably shouldn't be the burr under the saddle. You may have to bide your time until you can tell them to take this job and shove it. I'd be looking around, but don't do anything dumb until you have a new job in hand. Really sucks to have to give in, but sometimes you have no choice.

This is a pretty important decision for most of us, and ultimately, it's one only you can make.

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