Sunday, January 29, 2012

Irregular hours

When I worked at Wendy's, I worked the same hours every week. I had the same two days off every week. I worked 11-5 five days a week.

When I worked at Subway, the hours were pretty consistent, too. I worked 5-10 mostly, and occasionally 9-2 or 11-2. The days off varied.

I briefly tried working at Burger King, where the hours were all crazy and 90% of the time when I came in, they told me, "Just kidding! Go home."

So now I have a job at Tom Thumb and I've been told that the hours will be different every week, and I could be working any time from 6 am to 1 am, but it's only part time, so, while I'll supposedly probably get about 35 hours a week, it's not guarranteed that I'll get that much and I can't even go look for another part-time job because I never know when I'll be available.

I can't think of any reasonable explanation for this behaviour. Why wouldn't they just let people work regular schedules? It'd be better for everyone! I'd rather get a regularly-scheduled 20 hours a week so that I could find another regularly scheduled job somewhere else.

My mom has suggested a few rationales for this. Maybe it's because they don't want to stick the same people with the weekends every week. Well, if so, sign me up for the weekends. I don't do anything ever. Maybe it's because they don't want you to be able to get another job to supplement your pathetic pay. If that's it, they're still irrationally evil. Why wouldn't they want you to make more money? Or maybe it's because they want you to feel totally powerless over your own life so that you'll do whatever they want all the time for microscopic amounts of money. I think it's that one.

I used to always hear about poor people on welfare having 3 part-time jobs. What happened to that? I'd love to be one of those people.

I'm available for math and spanish tutoring :D

1 comment:

  1. O_o

    That sucks. I've really only worked odd jobs up until now, but I'd definitely rather have a set schedule. Also, I read a study that concluded with:

    "There is strong scientific evidence that long working
    hours, overtime work and irregular working hours
    have negative influence on work-life balance."