Post # 1
I am super frustrated.
Back in October I was offered a promotion with a fairly decent raise and I took it. The catch was that it is an hour commute. It’s a bigger store, more responsibility, blah blah blah. So far they have been pretty understanding with weather and such (today is the first day I have not been able to go in because of weather)
However when I took the promotion we talked about weekends and I mentioned that I would only be able to work 1 Saturday a month because my fiance is on call fairly often and we only have 1 car.
I didn’t get it in writing because honestly, I was just really excited and it’s the first time I have ever attempted to negotiate anything.
December rolled around and I was told i needed to work every Saturday. I commented that it wasn’t what we had agreed on, but I would work 3. Now it’s January and I just got an email from my boss telling me to redo my schedules because I am only working 1 Saturday.
I’m so frustrated. This is basically the tip of the iceburg right now. I use to love my job but now I find myself frustrated more often than not.
Post # 3
So sorry you are having these troubles, but congrats on your promotion.
I remember in my college days when I worked retail both the regular employees and managers tended to get their schedules messed with at the whims of corporate and their direct higher-ups. Totally sucks.
Side story …
When I was 20 years old I was a third key to a Lechter’s Housewares store. My manager had the schedule up from the previous week and I didn’t know it was outdated. So I arrived on a Saturday at 11:00 and it turns out I was supposed to be there at 9:00. I was going to be demoted because the store was fined $500 for opening late. That’s what my manager told me anyway. I quit that job as soon as I heard I was going to be demoted because it had a long commute and it was low-paying anyway. Wasn’t worth the hassle.
Back to you though …
Would speaking to HR help you at all?
Post # 4
I don’t know if speaking with HR would really help. The company has gone through some major changes this year and I would like to avoid stirring the pot.
Right now I’m viewed favorably and as one of the higher performing managers. I don’t really want to mess that up. Things are a little scary right now. To be honest I will probably just suck it up.
Post # 5
How about sitting down with your boss and trying to explain the situation to him? If you make it more of a logistical issue versus a not wanting to work weekends issue, he might be more forgiving. Just sucking it up and saying nothing isn’t going to help you be less frustrated.
Post # 6
If it is only a transportation issue could you not try to grab a ride with a coworker? Or even spend the extra money on a cab or the bus to get there?
I myself would be enraged when suddenly the one thing I specified is thrown out of the window but at the same time I’d be trying to suck it up and impress people. If you can stick it out for a while there may come the time where you can cut back on them again.