Part-Time Job Scheduling Woes

Karen has a part-time job. When she took the job, she told them she couldn't work on Sunday mornings. However, she's being scheduled for mornings now. How should she approach it?

QUESTION: Karen in Chicago is on Baby Step 2 and has a part-time job. When she took the job, she told them she couldn’t work on Sunday mornings. However, she’s being scheduled for mornings now. How should she approach it now?

ANSWER: I would tell them I can’t be there until 1:00, which was our original deal. I wouldn’t have gone the first time. All they’re doing is seeing if they can abuse you. There are 73 million retail jobs. I’ll just take another one if they can’t get it. “I was real clear on the front end. I’m not being mean about this, but Sunday mornings, I’m simply not available. I can be here at 1:00. So don’t put me on the schedule.” As soon as I picked up the schedule, I would have gone in and talked to them. If they say they can’t keep you, then ask them why they hired you because you told them this was the deal in the first place.

In retail, have you noticed that sometimes people are stupid? You’re sometimes dealing with a Barney Fife character who’s going to just see what they can get away with. I’m very calmly and very firmly just going to say this is what we agreed to and this is what you can do. You’re not changing the deal and you can’t be there then. If they let you go, it wasn’t like it was your career job. It’s just a little retail job. There’s another one next door. You’re probably going to run into some of the same crap over there. Retail’s just a tough gig. But if you can get one you like and a place you like, that’s fine as long as you don’t spend all your extra money on buying stuff there.