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November 15th, 2017 at 02:30 am

Now I'm being asked to come in on Saturdays for the next few months. So I just cancel all family/personal plans for the foreseeable future? The owners are happy because they landed a few big accounts/projects. There's a lot of work. Hard to say no when every other employee is coming in. If you refuse, you stand out like a sore thumb.

Sure, they want me to be "flexible," but are there any limits? Does it work both ways?


Meanwhile, another employee went off to an out-of-state wedding over the weekend. She was supposed to return to work yesterday, but word had it that her flight was delayed. Then, when her flight did arrive here, she chose to go home instead of coming directly to the office and decided to spend the rest of the day at home. Others in the office were whispering, she's in deep trouble. (Roll of the eyes.)

My manager told me these are the kind of hours agencies typically work. Um, no, I've worked for 3 agencies before (a marketing agency, a PR agency and a strategic consulting firm), and none of them had hours like this.

Regrettably, I only learned I would be asked to work all day on Saturday AFTER I volunteered (feeling a bit guilty about the job interview) to come to the office after the interview ends Friday afternoon, probably around 4 pm. I would not have chosen to rush over there post-interview if I knew I'd be there Saturday.

8 Responses to “The fun never stops”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That's the kind of thing that would have me looking for work elsewhere. Work/life balance is important. It doesn't mean the employer has to operate that way, but you can choose that for yourself. And yes, it may cost you financially, but what would staying cost you mentally, emotionally and physically?

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    No question, this is not the place for me.I'm looking!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Yeah no. Some agencies do work that way, but not all of them. I would never do that long term; you're smart to keep the job for now while looking for a better fit!

  4. snafu Says:

    Ah, the two owners have finally revealed how sleazy they are. They have lied so long to so many they likely believe they are good employers! Smile I wouldn't be surprised to learn that their hourly rated salaries are supported by some type of government hiring plan that has been in place as a result of the downdraft 2008 - 12. The staff who do the work are contracted, no benefits, required to volunteer without complaint for extended hours [typical in China and third world countries], easily dropped without cause. The reaction of the manager to Saturday hours and contractual staff to a missing colleague is scary. Any fleeting thought you might have had about permanent employment, standard hours, staff benefits, a medical plan or being permitted to work from home are settled.

    The placement agency loves these types that they substantively increase billable hours. As you've mentioned, you're stuck for the moment but the economy is healthier and there are jobs. I hope you've built a network of former colleagues who can suggest your name for openings in their current company. You can't say anything negative about this employer as you will need their 'star' rating for reference.

  5. Bluebird Says:

    That sounds awful. Since they want you to work Saturdays, I would think a work from home day during the week should be approved.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Yuck. Just yuck.

  7. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Are you paid for the overtime?

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, I'm paid for OT

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