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Part time job issues!! - March 18th 2016, 04:03 PM

I work a part time job in customer service 6 days a week, 4-6 hours each day. I can't find a decent full time job, so I've only been doing this for the money. I'm not reliant on money since I still live with my parents, but I want to build a savings.

I took the job back in September and things were going alright. But gradually since Christmas, I have been asked to work more. My shifts are during the day which I prefer. My boss wants me to cover 2 nights more a week for my coworker who takes off all the time. My coworker wants Friday nights off. And I'm already the only person working all day Saturday. I feel it's completely unfair that he is allowed to get Friday nights off and doesn't ever have to work a Saturday. He's almost 30 years old. I'm 22.

I keep standing my ground with my boss. I tell her that I like my day shifts and my schedule cannot accommodate nights. Right now working 6 days a week, I don't even have much of a life. So I at least want my nights to myself.

Yet I keep being asked!!

I had to take off 2 days to deal with legality and claims issues regarding a minor car accident I had. I was on the phone all day with the insurance companies and had to take my car to the body shop to get damage estimates. My boss is easy with letting us take off, and this was an extremely important issue I had to take care of.

Whenever I take off, my coworker demands a day off too. It's never ending. I have been very sick at times, other times I've been completely just burned out working 6 days a week with the public, and have had important things come up. I don't think I'm being unreasonable by taking off because I already work 6 days a week, and my day off of Sundays when nothing is open is not sufficient.

My coworker works 4 days a week, never a Friday night or a Saturday. As far as I know, he doesn't do anything else.

Should I quit? I feel it's taking a toll on my mental health. I cannot deal with the public 6 days a week for 4-6 hours a day. People are rude and demanding and I just cannot do it anymore. I wouldn't mind as much if I had my own life. But I feel all I do is work for other people and cater to them, and that I cannot take care of myself and my needs.

Every time I put my foot down to my boss and tell her I'm prefer working the day shift and cannot cover at nights, she keeps asking! In a way, I feel she is not responsible either because she is the manager and she needs to cover if no one else can.

If I go in today and she gives me a hard time about the 2 days I had to take off to work out my car accident issues, I might quit. It's not fair anymore and it's burning me out. I've noticed how much more angry I am too
   
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Re: Part time job issues!! - March 20th 2016, 05:17 PM

You shouldn't just quit without another plan, like at least attempting to find another job first. Yes, your situation sounds aggravating, but as you seem well aware, your boss has a job to do, so of course she's going to call you to pick up shifts.

I feel like complaining about fairness isn't going to make much of a difference. I know it's frustrating and it sucks when you feel like your not getting the same favours as you coworkers, but that's life and sometimes people have reasons for their different expectations of people, like maybe your boss just doesn't want a second employee to become someone that she can't count on. Besides, you don't know why your coworker get's more time off; maybe he has a sick sick, or a relative whom he needs to help. Maybe his constantly asking for time off was originally a problem but, as your boss is short staffed, she has to let it go because if he's otherwise a good employee she might see it as being more trouble to fire him and be out an employee.

If you have a problem with your hours and the time you get off, I think you need to have an open honest chat with your boss. Let her know that, no, you will not be taking those evening hours (and can she please ask someone else). If you are burned out, then ask her to extend your hours to 6-8 hour shifts in the week and let you have Saturday off (or a Wednesday or whatever). The most constructive thing to do is to think about what would be better for you and attempt to negotiate that. Of course, the adult thing to do would be to be careful about that though; negotiating isn't the same thing as demanding, after all if she doesn't like your request and you're not willing to bend because you're demanding it, she can fire you and that'll just be worse.

Take minimum 1 month (ideally up to 3) to look for and secure a new job, give your 2 week written notice and move on. Meanwhile, like I said, try to negotiate better working terms.




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