Sunday, June 25, 2017
More Work Marathon Redux
Yep, I'm on a work marathon again. My co-worker (the one who got married last weekend on the beach and I worked her shift) was off this weekend to attend her niece's graduation. Thus I worked yesterday day shift and will work today night shift and then my regular shift tomorrow evening.
I like working but I don't like working full-time at this time of my life.
I like working part-time but I don't like working as a substitute work, like the fireman sleeping by the pole ready to slide down and hit the fire engine to fill in for a co-workers' latest family crises or migraine headache. But that is life . . . . I guess.
When I began this job at the hotel ten years ago I said I would be willing to fill in OCCASIONALLY as needed. But what I find, as I found at my previous job at the Hampton Inn in Pennsylvania, I am the go to worker to fill in for others. Now granted my co-workers are filling in for me when I go away four times a year with my Travel Buddy Pat.
So I have to be fair and reasonable but sometimes I think I'm being taking advantage of my goodwill. In fact I am. That was brought to my attention when I worked at the Hampton Inn when the manager forbade the assistant manager from calling me as often to fill in for my other co-workers during their issues ranging from family emergencies to just simple oversleeping (I worked with a lot of young workers) and not feeling like coming to work. More than once I was called while I was cooking to come in "right away" there was forty-five hotel guests in line waiting to check in. I left Bill with instructions on how to finish stirring my beef stew on the stove while I rushed to get into my work drag and beat a hasty path to the hotel.
Hopefully I can get back to my regular schedule next week for the rest of the summer as an elder gentleman who works part-time at the hotel. Do you think?