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post #1 of 8
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I finished school this past May, and got a job working evening shift. I knew that is the shift I would be working long before I graduated. DH has worked evenings for the past 13 years, and has been planning on moving to day shift when I finished school for the past 2 years. He made this move about a month ago.

Tuesday afternoon his previous supervisor from evenings approached him and told him he was being forced to go back to evenings, because they need him there right now for productivity. Starting Monday. Even though we have 3 kids and I don't have the option of switching to days.

I managed to find a neighbor who is willing to come to our house and baby-sit for us on the nights I work, so that is a blessing. Except that now I have to work $1000/mo in child care costs into our budget, and since our kids are school-age they will basically not see either of their parents about 3 days a week. I am hoping we can make this work for a few more months until I have an opportunity to maybe reduce the number of hours I work.

Then last night, 12yo DS was playing basketball and hurt his ankle. DH took him to urgent care, and they said it is at least a severe sprain. They said they don't THINK it's broken, but they were going to have someone else review the Xrays today and get in touch with us. So for right now he is wearing an ankle brace and using crutches.

It's been a bad week.
post #2 of 8
Oh, that does sound rough. It's something about this week, I think. It's been terrible for me, as well. Won't steal your thread and start venting here, but let's just say, I send warmest and many super that you guys do well until the schedules can change again.

And vibes for your son's ankle!!

post #3 of 8
I'm so sorry, that's just horrible luck.
Working job schedules into a family schedule is such a pain in the butt.
post #4 of 8
I'll never understand why some employers are so completely inflexible. How can they not recognize that treating people so callously just increases personnel turnover and training costs? It inevitably reduces productivity, too.

And when your employees are unhappy, it shows very clearly in how they behave toward clients and each other. One of the things we always emphasized to our franchisees in my long-time job was the critical importance of treating employees with care and respect. (Unfortunately, the corporate office did a better job preaching that concept than practicing it... which is why I'm not there anymore... )

I don't suppose it would do any good to go to them and say, "By changing my hours, you've essentially cut my pay by $1000 a month." Surely it's not just that they don't realize what they're doing to you... is it?
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
I'll never understand why some employers are so completely inflexible. How can they not recognize that treating people so callously just increases personnel turnover and training costs? It inevitably reduces productivity, too.

And when your employees are unhappy, it shows very clearly in how they behave toward clients and each other. One of the things we always emphasized to our franchisees in my long-time job was the critical importance of treating employees with care and respect. (Unfortunately, the corporate office did a better job preaching that concept than practicing it... which is why I'm not there anymore... )

I don't suppose it would do any good to go to them and say, "By changing my hours, you've essentially cut my pay by $1000 a month." Surely it's not just that they don't realize what they're doing to you... is it?
exactly. employer need to think of people not just produtivity.
post #6 of 8
So sorry for the bad week.
I amnot going to steal your thread either but my week has not been good either. Our garbage can was stolen and I hurt my wrist.
post #7 of 8
I don't understand why employers don't grasp the concept of FAMILY.

I hope you can make it all work out.
post #8 of 8
I am so sorry for your crummy week. Hopefully next week brings something better.
Keep us posted about your son.
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