Post # 1
Cross your fingers..I am getting ready to go talk to my medical director about asking off for the engagi-moon. We’ve decided on March 5-8 and have had a change of destination…instead of the Mayan Riviera (which we love) we are going to go to Jamaica! We found an amazing deal on bookit to Montego Bay and will go to the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton (has an adults section in some of the villas)!!!
I am hoping this will be ok, for if it is, we’re booking today! So hopefully sometime during the weekend of the 5th to the 8th of March, I will get engaged (officially, although everybody knows we’re getting married this summer and for all practical purposes we are now)WITH the ring!
Why I’m asking you to send me these good thoughts is because our schedule has been wild at work. We are going to open another outpatient imaging center and our schedules have been so tight. I was even told that T and I couldn’t get married or spend any "considerable" time off until July or August of this year. One of my coworkers is also getting married in June and he was told that he couldn’t do so until that month because things were so unpredictable.
All I need are two days off. Two days!
~Belle N Ga
Post # 3
Good Luck! I hope you get your engagi-moon and it’s everything that you are hoping for 🙂
Post # 4
Wow – good luck from me too. I can’t believe they would try to tell you (or your co-worker) when you can or can’t get married. That has to be completely illegal. Asking you to schedule your vacation around busy work times is one thing, but trying to control your private life is completely something else.
Where I work they technically have to approve your vacation requests, but if you make them far enough in advance there is seldom any problem. I’ve only ever had one boss who tried to cancel a vacation on me – he was a jerk. I crossed my fingers and told him that I was completely willing to work extra both before and after the vacation to help with the workload, but not going wasn’t actually an option – so if he wanted me to pack up my things before I left he should let me know. Apparently he wasn’t all that serious – just a bully trying to push people around. After all, even in a bad economy when people are looking for jobs it’s still expensive to replace an employee who already knows what they are doing. I think that generally in any skilled position that whole "All vacations cancelled" thing is a bluff.
Post # 6
Just got in from work (we were busy). He LEFT for a meeting at the alternate site (new center) and I am going to have to speak to him tomorrow. Iam optimistic in that I mentioned it to him last week, and he said to just talk to him about it again but that he would think it might be ok. I am just scared as there are a few others I work with who are friends..but everybody’s getting a little frazzled. They aren’t all happy in that planning a vacation until later on in the summer (june or july) if it’s for a week or so, and that we will have to take turns most likely. As soon as I get the official engagement (I am a huge traditionalist folks) I will secure the actual dates of the wedding and make sure it is in either end of July or beginning of August.
I think the state of "frazzle" that my coworkers and I are enduring is because nobody likes to be told or "suggested" to work more or work harder. But I consider myself in the end blessed because it is a wonderful job and it’s afforded me to comfortably take care of my little boy as a single mom over the last five years now.
Boss and I have a great relationship and the request to not take much or no time off came from a VP actually. It is legal to do that btw. Unreasonable? Well it’s in my opinion quite unreasonable but there are only six of us licensed to do what we do at our facility and we are going to be broken up to this: one at the hospital’s main campus, three at the new outpatient center, one in a specialty area (we rotate thru this) and the other at another remote outpatient center. They aren’t sure how we’ll manage this well..honestly we probably need more staffing but with the economy as it is, there will have to be a justified need for that thus we’ll work hard for a good while until they actually recognize our situation needs altering.
Thank you all so much for the kind thoughts and wishes. Sure could use them tomorrow too! I’ll try to update this tomorrow during my lunch break when I posted this today. We’re usually really busy so lunchtime is post-ing time or after work when I get home.
~Belle N Ga
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2018 - Millenium Biltmore Hotel
Best of luck!! I hope everything works out. Sending good thoughts your way.
Post # 8
Ugh, sorry it got put off! Good luck!
Post # 9
Just got it approved by my boss. Mind you this is great news, but we also found out (my entire department) that nobody will at all be getting their raises until june or july this year. Just in case, I am going to purchase on my own travel insurance for T and I in case something wierd happens. But were going to be ok to go to Jamaica the first weekend in march!
My jobs is extremely stable (they can’t go without us..we generate a huge amount of $$ for the facilities in our specialty) yet with all the building going on and the 3 facilities going online within weeks of each other, that it won’t happen until then. It was to happen feb. 1, and we were to get a written notification by today (which is exactly 2 weeks prior to the feb 1 paycheck) showing our agreement to the raise. We wonder if they will miss the next deadline too?
I am grateful for a good job, but really could have used this year the extra money from the raise. All of us are a little down right now to tell the truth. We are worked hard, getting lots of overtime, and in need of breaks…and now the icing on the cake is "no raises until mid year". Incidentally our not getting them is NOT reflective of the economy, it is because so many millions of $$ went into building and rolling out these new clinical facilities. (one 500 bed addition to hospital, second hospital going online, and huge outpatient center all at once)
Post # 10
Congrats on getting approved Belle – and even though it seems unfair that you’re not getting your raise until "midyear", be happy that you are getting a raise. In my staff meeting yesterday, our director announced that due to the state’s budget crisis (I work in higher education at a public university) no one at the University will be getting a merit or "cost of living" increase this year…. so be happy that your increase is late rather than never! And best wishes for a great long weekend in March!
Post # 11
Congrats on getting the time, but I’m sorry to hear about the raise freeze. 🙁
Have fun planning! 🙂
Post # 12
So glad the vacay got approved!!!
Post # 13
Thank you all so very much! I am very happy to just be allowed to be going somewhere…
There won’t be much time at all until later this summer..and one of my coworkers is getting married and gone for several weeks beginning at the end of May so I have to make sure all things are ready to go at end of July to mid August. That will mean a house move and the big W.
Again, I’m just blessed that I do have a stable job. The raise sure would be nice, I’m not even depending on it actually. Who knows if we will get it at all? My guy is an executive consultant and actually told me something somewhat disturbing earlier today. He said he’s spoken to several guys this week (a few ceo’s of large corp’s) and apparently it’s a "trend" to use the economy as a reason NOT to even give a raise to employees and cite whatever reason and try to somehow blame the economy to get away with it. That so many companies now are jumping on board this "no raise" thing because they can seemingly get away with it whether or not the company is ACTUALLY even experiencing a financial crisis. That didn’t sit too well with me at all to tell you the truth. Btw, that’s not a tactic he supports as it makes employees rather unhappy and lowers productivity.