Totally off the topic...

  1. I know this has nothing to do with nursing, as it is about my current retail job, but I just have to vent...

    I am returning to my job on Friday after my 3 month maternity leave, which is gonna be hard enough. I was kinda looking forward to it untill my boss totally started aggravating me. Would you believe that hear I am, days away from returning, and I have a very vague idea of what my schedule is going to be? I mean, I have been emailing him for months asking for my schedule and I keep getting "non-answers". The latest was that I'll be off one certain day for the month of June but it MIGHT change for July/August to accomodate some else's schedule. Does he not realize that I have a baby that has doctors appointments that have been scheduled for quite some time now? There is no way I'm going to change her appointments. He'll just have to do without me those days. Plus, how can I make any plans when I don't know what days i'll be off? I still don't know what time I'm supposed to be there on Friday....

    And to think I was afraid to ask for the extra time off this fall for school...
    He could switch someone else's schedule to accomodate mine....

    Thanks for listening to my rant....
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Sounds like he's not concerned with any one's needs but his own :angryfire
  4. by   swartzrn
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    Sounds like he's not concerned with any one's needs but his own :angryfire
    DITTO...stand your ground though. I had to do that when I was pregnant with my last daughter.
  5. by   3rdgenRN2B
    Ok, here's an update

    I've returned to work and my schedule is OK...not great but ok....I would have thought my boss would take in to consideration that fact that I have to pick my daughter up at day care but I guess that doesn't matter.

    However, I approached him about my schedule for the fall. BIG MISTAKE! I told him I would need 2 days off to go to school. He made a face and told me that he really didn't want to let me but if that's what I wanted...I told him I could potentially take what I need in the AM and be there in the afternoon. He told me to "pencil that in"...I told him I kinda needed a real answer b/c classes are filling up and I'd hate for mid August to hit and all of a sudden he decides that he can't give me the extra day. I guess I've kind of done this to myself because I've always bent over backwards for this place and bust my butt when I'm there while everyone else watches...

    What am I supposed to do????
  6. by   jmgrn65
    Do what you have to do, If he says he can do then let him, and ignore the part when he say 'but I don't really want to' that is a guilt trip.
  7. by   RNfromMN
    Quote from 3rdgenRN2B
    I guess I've kind of done this to myself because I've always bent over backwards for this place and bust my butt when I'm there while everyone else watches...
    Oh, I can soooo relate. Isn't that the worst?:angryfire

    I killed myself for 2 years at my last job - I was known as the girl that took every overtime shift there was available. I don't have kids and it just killed me to hear of my co-workers with families at home having to stay an extra 8 hours because of mandatory overtime. I was always the one that switched shifts with co-workers, too, so they could spend more time with their families. Nurses would just marvel at me and always ask me, "Jessica, you're staying over again tonight? Seriously, how do you do it?"

    When it came time for me to get into nursing school, I was hung out to dry. Fortunately, I'd been working there long enough to get a sense of the way things worked around there, so I wasn't even that surprised. This job had a 100% tuition reimbursement program and I had to leave it because my manager wouldn't make even the slightest effort to work around my schedule.

    When I read about your manager's goofy schedule deal, the first thought that popped into my mind was that he's a guy. Please - I SO don't mean this offensively. What I mean is, he's a guy that's probably never had to worry about his kids Dr.s appts, picking them up from school, etc. Honestly, because I don't have kids, it's probably something that wouldn't automatically occur to me, either. In fact, I never realized how hard it is for parents until I actually sat down and talked to them (like I did with the girls I used to stay over for all the time.) Not saying this excuses how he's yanking you around at all - just pointing out a possible explanation.
  8. by   Megsd
    I hate retail. Hate hate hate. When I moved to Ohio I had to get a job (fast) so I applied at a department store, as well as a few nursing homes. I wound up getting the retail job offer on Friday and the nursing home the following Monday. The nursing home was what I was looking for, but stupid me, since I'd already accepted the retail job, I took it too. I told the department store my availability was only evenings and only weekend evenings (I worked every other weekend 7-4 at the nursing home). They would schedule me for Sundays (consistently) 1-6 despite me not being off work until 4, and if I made any fuss about my schedule, sometimes they just wouldn't schedule me at all!

    I did discover that X:50 every hour they played their advertising song, which at the time was this weird combination of "She blinded me with science" and some rap song "Gotta get it in the mix like this!" I got so good that I could calculate how many songs would be played before the ad song was played because it was played with such clockwork precision. Ugh. Now that song's in my head.

    The only good thing about going in that store for me anymore is when I hear a page for the men's department, I know I no longer have to answer it. Mwahahaha.

    Whew. I feel better. Anyway, I feel your pain. Retail sucks.
  9. by   TheCommuter
    I, too, am one of the individuals who hates retail. I have worked many retail jobs in the past (McDonald's, 2 different grocery stores, the 99 Cent Store, Target, a hot dog stand, and so on). What I hate about retail is the lack of regard for the employees. Countless retail managers treat their employees as if they are replaceable robots.

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