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Monday, March 19, 2007

Job Hunting

Well, I've been grousing about my job for a while now, along with some others - things have been changing at work, and not for the better. This used to be a good place to work - the "People First" motto was really in force.

But not anymore.

I've been a designated "casual" associate since the Call Center opened. I don't know how or why I was, and actually didn't know about the designation for several months, but I never did anything about it - casual associates have an easier time getting time off, and lawd knows that with my two girls that I have alot going on.

Anyway, I had applied for certain timeframes during the week, with a minimum 16 hours and max of 20 hours per week. Those were the terms under which I was hired. That means that the company cannot schedule me for less than 16 hours a week, even if they don't need me. In the past, I have frequently taken "VTO" (voluntary time off) when it got too slow.

Well, today I and another woman were told that the company is changing the minimum number of hours to ZERO per week. If they forecast low call volumes, we might get four hours for the week, we might get NO hours for the week. Turns out that they've been doing this to casual associates for the past few years and now the company is getting around to doing it to us "old-timers".

Well, I DO need to work, and luckily I am not desperate for money. However, the other woman at the meeting with me needs the money because her husband died last fall and she doesn't have any other income (she's a senior citizen). The kicker is that they can't/won't just change her over - she has to wait for a position to open.

This is the straw that broke my back - while it isn't a horrible job and I know that there are worse places to work, I can't swallow that this was a decent place to work and is now one that doesn't follow it's own mottos.

People First INDEED

In fact, my supervisor has let us "old timers" on his team know that he is actively looking for a new job, too. Turns out that the supervisors are getting some unpleasant changes as well. I have a great supervisor - if Dan is gone, I don't want any of the others.


At 5:08 PM, Blogger Doug said...

That sucks, Dddragon. I hope the change will be an adventure.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

Yeah, that's really too bad. I don't know why companies have to start doing that. Good luck.

At 11:20 PM, Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Leaving that dump is the right thing to do. I hope you find another job soon so you can just not show up to work one day. When they call you to find out why you are not there tell them "Oh I forgot to tell you, I got another job".

That is always fun.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Get out of that hellhole as fast as you can. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear you were working in Florida: The "Right to Work" State.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger AP3 said...

Yeah, that's a major bummer. *sigh* I know you'll find something better, though.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Tom & Icy said...

Have you noticed how outrageous the salaries and benefits for CEO's and other "suits" has grown? They chop all the common workers where they can to fatten up themselves. They are still People First, but now it's the higher-up People First. It used to be "trickle down" but now it's cut and trickle up.


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