Unless your supervisor really thinks that annual leave isn't an entitlement, somewhere in your career you must have taken leave, or at least you've seen people in your company taking leave. When you are on leave, your company doesn't close shop, so someone has to cover for your work.
My senior colleague likes to take leave (well, this sounds duh. I mean, everyone has his leave entitlement). But whenever his leave got approved by our supervisor, I would receive an email designating me to be his covering officer. The problem is, he never consults me or informs me that he is taking leave before making me his covering officer. What if I refuse? What if I say I have enough of workload piling up to even bother about his work? What if I want to be on leave too? You may argue that since the boss has approved his leave application, it indirectly means the boss is instructing you to cover for him.
I thought it is basic formality and courtesy to at least come to my desk, inform me about him being on leave and asking me to cover for him (not much of an asking, I would say, but still, better than none) Better than say, "tomorrow I on leave leh, you cover for me hor. If phone rings, come pick it up ok?"
Another time. Dear me happened to be on course for one day. Me being at the lowest of the hierarchy, can't "arrow" anyone to cover for me. So I didn't. I just set an out-of-office reply and left.
When I returned to office, I got screwed. Say no one was covering for me. What if blah blah called up. But I am the lowest of all low-life, do you expect me to get higher ranking guys to cover for me? It is like, the vice President goes on holiday and asks the President to cover his work.
Nevermind, my skin has grown thicker now. You want me covered? I'll shamelessly make the boss cover for me. "For urgent matters, please call blah blah blah..."
Oh and I just realize how people can pursue their agenda at the expense of others.
It's time to activate my i-Field.