Post # 1
I’m not sure anyone can really help with my problem, so this is mostly a vent, and if anyone has some advice on how to deal with this situation or just some perspective, it would be greatly appreciated!!
So I’ve been “off” from my part-time job (I’m a student) for the past two months due to personal difficulties. My boss was fine with me taking time off, and we decided last month that I’d work full-time this week (my week off from school) to catch up on my hours. He said he would confirm with his superior that it was ok.
I called him on Sunday (he works 7 days a week so Sunday isn’t an odd time) to confirm that I could start work this week. He seemed happy to hear from me and told me that before I came to work he had to discuss my hours with his wife, who is the office manager, and to call him back in half an hour. When I did, he didn’t answer. I called him Monday, no answer. We mostly communicate by text message, so I sent him one today, saying very sweetly that I’m looking forward to coming back to work but if there’s something wrong, I need to know because I need work. No answer.
Due to the nature of his position he ALWAYS has his cellphone on him. If he lost it or something, his wife could easily have called me instead.
I’ve been doing occasional work in those two months and every time my boss and his wife compliment my work profusely, so I don’t think they want to fire me. But if they did, isn’t letting me know the least they could do??
This kind of thing has happened before since both of them are way overworked (although never to this extent), so I tend to think that it’s not an emergency-like problem.
Why would anyone do this? It’s so confusing and annoying. Rent and food aren’t free, unfortunately.
Possibilities: a) call his wife (kind of rude, since it’s mainly his jurisdiction); b) show up at the office (really out of my way) and hope someone is there/wants to talk to me; c) find another job.
Thanks for listening!
Post # 3
Well, if his wife is the office manager, I don’t think it would be too rude to communicate with her if she still answers her phone, as long as you’re speaking to her as an employee and not as his wife (“where’s the boss?” and not “where’s your husband?”)
How far is the office? Showing up takes away the chance for him to avoid you.
As a recently former student I understand your conflict. It hurts when jobs don’t understand how much we need this kind of assistance, or how tight our schedules get.
Post # 4
@arathella: I would email him and cc his boss/wife and let them know you are trying to get ahold of him. It seems like he took your call accidentally and he doesn’t want to tell you they don’t need your help or he is genuinely busy. Since you’ve been off due to reason regarding you I’d assume they have found a replacement for you already. Just like you depend on money for working they want someone reliable.
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies!
After calling and e-mailing them both, my boss FINALLY called me back this morning, asking me “just returning your call, what’s up?”, totally oblivious to the fact that I’ve been trying to contact them excessively, really worried and looking for new jobs. When I explained, he apologised, saying they were looking forward to having me back at the office, and said I could start again on Monday. He was suprised that I questioned still having the job, but I mean, except for the business cards, I was receiving no sign that I still did!
These people are just so disorganised. Shit happens, but it takes 10 seconds to send an e-mail or text message saying “sorry, taking longer than expected, I’ll get back to you in a few days”. And I know they wouldn’t hire someone new, because it took them over a year to hire a secretary, even though there’s no shortage of people with administrative experience in my city. They just wouldn’t get back to people in time, couldn’t get around to posting job offers, even asked me (with zero HR experience) to interview some people because they forgot and couldn’t make it in time.
I’m just venting now. I love my job. The benefits of working in a crazy-busy non-profit organisation definitely outweigh the setbacks. Thanks for the advice!