So, after a little more than two months of futilely searching for a job so I can have an income until I get my license for massage therapy, I finally ended up with the only place that would hire me.
It’s a temp service that contracts custodial and food-service work to a couple of the convention centers in town.
There is a two-hour window on Wednesday from 10:00 am to noon when you have to call in your availability for the following week. I overslept and missed it, so I have no guarantee of work for next week. My bad. I’ve been mostly working swing, so I opted to stay up until the wee hours to maintain my sleep cycle (on days I work, I usually get home around four in the morning). So, I logged off the Dope, studied for a couple of hours for the national certification exam (I’m taking it Friday, yay) and went to sleep.
No slack, I missed the window. Which was, of course, my fault. I still can go in Monday morning and see if I can get someone else’s schedule.
OK, now for the rant.
Employees are required to physically go in to the office to pick up our schedules. We can’t call and get them. Sure, we have from Friday afternoon til Monday morning, but WTF? The majority of us take the bus, which, for many, means a two hour one-way trip to the office. The office is only open limited hours over the weekend. So, if someone is scheduled to work the weekend, there is a pretty good liklihood that they may not be able to make it in to the office to pick up the schedule, which means they will not get work for the week. What the hell kind of a screwed-up policy is that?
Also, about this two-hour window- what the hell is that? I mean, yeah,it was my fault I missed it today, but the company also sends people out to work day shift, and at at least one of the companies they contract with, employees do not get breaks. That is correct- workers have to work straight through from 8:00 till whenever somebody decides in their infinite kindness to let them go to lunch, usually not until around one in the afternoon. Which means that someone working a Wednesday day shift may not even have an opportunity to physically get to a phone to make the call. Way to screw the day-shift people, man!
Next on the list is the calling to get your number thing. About two and a half hours before the shift starts, people are required to call in to get a number, which we then give to the person at the sign-in desk. Now that’s just silly. Can’t we just get our schedule and show up at the appointed time? Why the numbers? Do the people at the work sites not know how to list names in alphabetical order?
Oh, and back-ups. If someone misses the availability call-in window, or just wants to try to pick up an extra shift because they need the bread. they have to physically go to the office about two-and-a-half hours before the shift begins. Which, for quite a few people, means a two hour bus trip. To sit and hang out and see if someone fails to call in to get their number, or calls off sick. Is there really a logical reason why a person can’t just call in to see if a shift has become available, or get put on a list to be called if someone calls off?
So, anyway, Monday morning I’m going to drag my tired, sore ass (I’m scheduled swing Sunday night, which means I’ll be getting home around 4:00 am) into the office at precisely 10:00 am and see if I can snare the schedule of some poor sod who was unable to make it in over the weekend because they had other obligations, like, oh, say, working for the damn temp service.
It seems to me that the company goes out of its way to make it as difficult as possible for an employee to both physically show up for work and do all the things required to make sure they will have work the following week.
Gee, that wasn’t much of a rant, was it?