Our office manager and my supervisor are super-liberal and super-green. My supervisor just issued a written reprimand to me because I do not like to recycle. I have a lot of work to do and usually it is a hassle to sort the trash at my desk. I feel as though I am being punished for not subscribing to their environmental agenda. When my boss talked about recycling in the past, I warned her that it would not work here in the office. All the time spent reminding us (and now issuing a reprimand) could have been focused on real work. Is there such a thing as political/environmental discrimination? I think my supervisor is targeting me because I do not believe all the environmental propaganda she spouts.
I think your supervisor is targeting you because you’re a big baby. Stop whining and start doing what you’re told before someone recycles you.
— Evil Skippy
You think recycling is stupid. OK, I get it. That’s your opinion and you are entitled to it. (I’m entitled to my opinions too and I think you are lazy, short-sighted and trashy by not recycling). Rather than being reprimanded because of your opinion, however, you are being reprimanded because your boss told you to do something – and has apparently talked to you about it a few times – and you refused to do it. That’s called insubordination, not discrimination.
Leave your inner child at home and tell your inner adult to sort your trash. If you need some inspiration, do some research about the benefits of recycling – here is a good overview for your consideration.
If you follow your supervisor’s instructions and use the recycling bins, after a week or so it will become a habit and you probably won’t feel hassled as long as you leave your inner child at home and stop pouting.