Post # 1
I currently work from home, the graveyard shift. There are 2 days a week where I am up 24-30 hours straight trying to get on a normal sleep schedule for my days off. We are open 24/7, every day of the year but Thanksgiving & Christmas. Just when I get use to the shift it changes every 4 months (example: work different nights/work 12 hour shifts on the weekends). I enjoy working from home: being in my PJ’s, no makeup, with my pets (hubby is asleep when I am working), no commute, no wear & tear on my car etc…
I have asked my current manager if she would change my shift, so that I could spend time with my husband. Her response & attitude was totally out of the norm & would not budge. When I was hired I had the weekends off and my schedule did not change every 4 months. I am a hard worker and have been recognized for my customer service by CEO’s & admins of our biggest accounts. I offer suggestions, improvements, find discrepancies etc…that other coworkers do not.
While on my honeymoon a company that I interviewd with several years ago contacted me & asked if I would be interested in working for them. I would work in the office: normal hours-Monday-Friday. They are not open at night nor on the weekends. I would have 8 paid holidays (which I don’t currently have), would make a minimum of $4k more a year, with possible performance bonuses (up to $10K). Their health benefits are better, they are a larger company, commute would be about 35 minutes each way. I would get to spend every weekend with my husband. The manager said that there is a possibility that I could work from home, ‘down the road,’ (as in a couple of years).
My husband is not able to adjust his schedule & he supports me in whatever I decide.
I have to make a decision within the next 10 hours!!
Bees, what would you do?
Post # 3
@StillAMiss: I’m curious – what are the perks of staying with your current company other than it’s the devil you know versus the one you don’t?
It sounds like the quality of life you get with your current is taking a big toll on you.
Post # 4
@FutureMrsLadolcetta: The only perks of current job would be working from home.
Post # 5
I would go with the new job. 🙂
Post # 6
I am not sure I see any benefit to staying at home really. I get no commute, but the rest just doesnt tip the scales in favor of staying at your current job.
Run lady! Accept and never look back. Besides… you never know your current job if they really wanted to keep you could offer you a better schedule and a pay raise. I wouldnt bank on it, but its certainly is not uncommon if you tell them that you have another job, but would prefer to stay if they could match XYZ requirements.
Post # 7
@StillAMiss: I would def take the new job. Yes the daily grind sucks but those swing shifts are taxing on your body. And wouldn’t it be delightful to have those weekends all to yourself???
Post # 8
@StillAMiss: I’ve never worked at home so I can’t talk too much about it, but I have a friend who does and she hates the lack of social interaction.
I say go with the other job! Like another poster said, off and rotating shifts are horrible for your body.
Post # 9
@FutureMrsLadolcetta: sweetbutdemanding: @ThreeMeers: @mamadingdong:
Bees-thank you for your advice & for all the votes.
Here’s what happened: When I called current boss to let her know I was offered a new opportunity & I was leaving she was shocked. She said that she thought I was happy working here, I would be missed, I do an excellent job etc… She said I really thought we had the type of relationship where you knew you could come to me and talk to me if something was bothering you before you went & found another job. I reminded her that I called her earlier in the week and the response I got from her was not positive. I also made it clear that I did not go looking for this job, they came to me. I was in tears, because I do love the company I work for and most of my colleagues. I consider some of them friends, sister & mom like figures. She asked if this was a done deal or was she able to offer me anything to stay. I told her that I had to have Friday night off, all day Saturday off & Sunday day. I would only work Sun-Wed night -permanently, no switching shifts every 4 months. She said ok, I need to call the other 2 people who work graveyard & run it past them.
She called back 10 minutes and said, ‘after I got off the phone with you I went outside and screamed. We can’t lose you, you are an asset to our company. We would be devasted as well as our clients if you left.’ She wasn’t able to get ahold of the other 2 people but told me she would change my schedule to what I wanted. I told her I would be willing to wait until after July 4th for the new schedule to take effect.
The other 2 coworkers who work graveyard (opposite nights & weekend days) would prefer working Fri/Sat nights-we are dead. They read, watch TV and sleep. I take training courses and look for errors and work on projects.
I declined the position with the other company, she replied back and said if things change to give her call.
Yes, I will have 1 day where I am up for 24+ hours but it will be time well spent with my husband. I am happy with my decision.
Post # 10
@StillAMiss: please tell me you also asked for a raise????
Glad it worked out for you!
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@StillAMiss: Get it all in writing so she doesn’t change up on you in 4 months.
Post # 12
I’m glad that you got what you wanted. Do you feel like you’ll be missing out on the other benefits though?
Post # 13
@StillAMiss: Congrats and I agree with everyone who said to get it in writing. As an HR professional, it’s always important to get documentation of any promises or offers of employment.
Post # 14
@StillAMiss: That’s a good outcome. Even if there is no raise the extra $4k wouldn’t mean much if you had to commute 1hr a day between gas, wear and tear and the wated time.
Post # 15
@mamadingdong: as hard as this may be to believe it was never about the money. It was about spending more time with my husband. I didn’t ask for a raise but will be up for one in about 2 months with my current company.
@beachbride1216: @FutureMrsLadolcetta: I have it all documented via email and have forwarded it to my personal email account
@AlwaysSunny: I do feel like I will be missing out on some of the benefits but I have already met my max out of pocket with my medical insurance for the year ($4k). Going to the new job I would’ve had some out of pocket medical expenses-so it may have been a wash for the remainder of the year. I have chronic health issues.
@aliciapdx: Totally! Both of are cars are 10+ years old & a tank of gas usually lasts me 4-6 weeks working from home. If I did commute I would’ve been adding @ 2 1/2 hours a day to my routine (getting ready & the drive) and I would’ve had to buy a new wardrobe. The other company has a professional dress code, which I have not had since the late 90’s.
Only time will tell if I made the right decision. I feel good about the choice I made and I am also happy that the other company has left the offer open.
Thanks again Bees!!