Dear Suri, Though there are no assigned spots in my company parking lot, the natural understanding amongst co-workers is that once you “claim your spot,” it remains yours until you leave the place or get demoted or something. If you’re sick or on vacation, other people might park in your spot while you’re away, but they all know that things go back to normal once you get back. Or at least most people know.
There’s this one guy at work who doesn’t get it. He’s new, so one day I took him aside and explained the “rules” as I just explained to you. And do you know that the guy went ahead the next week and still took my spot?! Total dick move, if you ask me.
I approached the guy again to give him a little reminder. I didn’t get violent or anything like that. I just let him know what’s what, and that he shouldn’t be parking in my spot anymore and being blatantly disrespectful.
Next thing I know this douche goes to HR and rats me out! Don’t worry, I’m not going to do anything reckless to him or his car, but I have to make my point clear, you know? How should I let him know that I’m not going to just sit back and let him steal my space like that? — Stressed in Salinas
Dear Stressed, As you detailed in your opening paragraph, there are no assigned parking spots at your workplace. Barring a written policy that has been disseminated to every employee (new and existing), I fear your efforts will continue to be in vain.
There is a cliché that states “Pick your battles.” The decision before you, then, is whether a parking space is worth professional discipline and possible termination. Take good care to reach the choice that will best benefit your positive future endeavors. ~ Suri
by Suri Syrtauwnya
Residential Life Magazine