Should I look elsewhere?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
Member
4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Uhhh…this is very strange!  I’m in the process of becoming an agent, and although I know sometimes you are up late working on things, I would NEVER make myself available for the public to just walk in to my office that late at night. 

Is there any opportunity for you to tell him that you are only available to work during regular business hours – 9-5, Monday- Saturady or whatever you are comfortable with? Perhaps you can come to some sort of agreement.  Maybe working late on Monday and Wednesday, but the rest of the days are regular hours?

It’s possible that his new “system” will be temporary – he will see that he is NOT getting clients walking in that late, and will change it back…

Post # 4
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Amerie27:  He sounds like a real peach. I’m sorry. 🙁 I went through something similar at my old job. When I started the job, I was Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Then all these changes started happening, and at one point, they had me working 10am-9pm Tues-Thurs, 8am-2pm every other Saturday, with regular hours Mon & Fri. It was insane, and so hard to get anything done. I started looking for another job immediately.

I don’t know much about real estate, besides recently buying a house, but those business hours sound insane. When we were looking, we had our agent’s cell number so we could text/call her whenever we needed to. I don’t see why the actual office would need to be open that late. He may come to his senses eventually, but it sounds like this is just one of many issues you have working for this guy. If your SO and you both agree that you working part-time is reasonable, I say do it.

Post # 5
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4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Amerie27:  Oh gosh…Thanks for giving me all these ideas on how NOT to run my business lol.  I am definitely not like that anyway, but seriously, hearing those things make me cringe.  I’m actually surprised you’ve been able to to stay working for this man for so long.

Is it hard to get work in your area?  If not, I might try looking elsewhere…

Post # 7
Member
1885 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

Practice saying NO. NO. No I will not be coming in willy nilly. This is a job. Are you paying me to be on-call 24-7? NO. Say you have other obligations and need some set hours. If that cannot be agreed upon, leave. Tell him so. Byeeee Felicia!

Post # 8
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4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Amerie27:  ewwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is SO awful, I can only imagine the “bad publicity” that is creating for themselves.  It makes me sick to think that people are taking advantage of those in vulnerable situations, especially the elderly who’s partners may have passed, and they want to “help” them find something more suitable. Ew ew ew ew ew.

You should move to Calgary 😉  Lots of job opportunities here!  But that PT delivery driver job would be fun.  I hate being stuck in a desk all day, plus I have nothing to do (hence why I am on WB lol.)

Post # 9
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5695 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is often a problem when you’re working in a small business. The owner wants to grow the business but doesn’t know the right way to do it. But because it is a small business, there isn’t usually the policies and procedures in place to help prevent your work environment (job duties, hours, etc) from changing.

If you are paid by the hour then the most obvious way to help get this under control is to make sure you are being paid for those extra hours. If you’re on salary instead of hourly then you will need to make some projection of your extra hours and discuss with your boss the fact that more work should equal more pay. Most folks who are salaried understand there will be some peak times when you need to put in extra hours and don’t get more pay, but a never-ending extension of your hours is not acceptable. 

Then you have to show your boss that he is not getting any return on the extra money he’s spending on labor. Keep detailed records of how many calls and visits you get each hour, every hour. After about a month you should be able to make a quick Excel chart that shows the peak busy times and also your salary. Divide your hourly pay (which you may have to calculate if you’re not paid by the hour) by the number of inquiries each hour to show him just how much it is costing to keep the office staffed when no one is making inquiries.

As for the cold-calling, that is the nature of real estate and sadly you will often be making cold-calls during someone’s personal crisis such as death of a loved one or bankruptcy/foreclosure. If you can’t reconcile that task with your own ethics then this is probably not the best line of work for you.

Post # 11
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

when i got this job i am at now i was so happy to have set hours. (when 8 comes around i turn phone on night ringing and im out the door) but my hours were always night (was ok about for sometime) i ended up getting every weekend too this past summer i didnt have much time to do anything because i was stuck every saturday at work. but i finally stood my ground and said i want 8-4 monday-thursday and 8-6 friday NO WEEKENDS. for the most part they understand that. tonight not so much. i was suppose to be off at 4 and im stuck here till 8. 

wb keeps me sane too im always on it at work. makes the day go by faster for and helps me not want to strangle stupid idiots.

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