Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And That Is The Way It Is....

Work is going well. My hours have certainly increased. I went from 18 hours last week, to 33 hours this week and scheduled for 39 hours next week! This is what they refer to as part time? I don't mind the hours. I like the money. My concern is unless my status is changed in their system, none if it will count toward full time benefits. So far I haven't mentioned it. If it continues for another couple of weeks, I will ask them to clarify this for me. It's hard to get answers to questions since we still don't have manager yet. I ask the others I see about different things in the department. They seem rather clueless. I guess they got stuck trying to figure it out along with their own departments when ours left.
I'm really excited about the job though, aside from that quandary. I like selling jewelry. It sparkles. I like the people I work with. I like the company. And I really love the paychecks! It feels good after so long without one. I could see myself staying there for a long time if they get the scheduling down pat. I'm not sure if there is an opportunity to advance in this department. And I'm not sure I would want to go to another one. Hopefully raises will be forth coming later down the road. Department stores are notorious for not keeping up in salaries. Guess I'll just have to wait and see how it goes. But so far, so good!
My father had his second radiation treatment yesterday and is doing well. I'm glad for that. Only 3 more to go to see if it works. I'm hoping it does so all this can be behind the family soon. My mother has her out patient surgery next month. Hopefully everything will work out for the best for both of them and we can get back to normal before Christmas.


anne marie in philly said...

so glad to see you post and that things are going as smoothly as they can for right now.

they might be keeping you "part time" (read: under 40 hours) so they don't have to give you benefits, like health insurance. it's done all the time by large companies. it's called greed. be careful, dave. just sayin...

Peter said...

Glad to hear you're doing fine. Hope the treatment works for your Dad & Mum too.

Ray's Cowboy said...

First of all I am glad to hear your Father is doing well.

I am glad yo ulik eyour job. Told you; you would do well there. If you are like anything I read and see on the blog; you will go along way. Very nice person.

Good Luck you and yours are still in my thoughts and prayers.


PS DO not wear the earring on the job. I meanthe danglings on you see sparkling on the counter. They do not like that. LOL Hugs

Lemuel said...

It is good to read an update on your father and on yourself.
That you are doing something you enjoy and are getting paid (at least something) for it is good news.

Cubby said...

Thanks for the update. We miss you xoxo

Sean said...

If you were hired as PT then it will take a status change to FT to earn benefits. FT is usually only for mgnt.

Legally, they can't force you to work ft hours without benefits so if you ask them they'll give you a choice, either work all the hours you want (I always gave my best workers as many hours as they wanted) but no benefits or cut your hours to official pt hours (less money for you and still no benefits).

That being said, I'm glad you're enjoying the job and the parents are doing well.

Ur-spo said...

I too am glad things sound better/well enough.

Russ Manley said...

If you like the department and enjoy the work, don't rock the boat too soon, buddy. Big stores want to keep as many people PT as possible, it saves them a huge chunk of money in benefits, etc.

But maybe in six months, if you do your job well and keep your nose clean, you might make it known that you would be very interested in a FT position, politely . . . just sayin'.

Glad to hear things are going better for you now. Be grateful.

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