Maybe I’ve been spending too much time in the Pit, but many people seem to have their story about an evil employer. In the interest of balancing things a bit, I’m requesting positive stories about employers.
I’m a senior student at Massey University, and I tutor first-year computer science students part-time. This job involves hovering around a computer lab for an hour with two other tutors and appearing ‘available’ to help about 20 students who are working on a set worksheet. My employer is Rosemary - the head tutor for the paper and an all-around nice lady.
The first few times I did this job, I was about 5 minutes late for the sessions. This was because the bus timetable was out-of-date and didn’t take Palmerston North’s increasing traffic into account. I apologised to Rosemary and said that I’d start waking up earlier so I could catch an earlier bus. Rosemary said that the first five minutes didn’t matter anyway, and I shouldn’t change my lifestyle to get there on time (I did anyway, so now I arrive at Uni about half an hour earlier than I need to).
One time, a couple of friends and I had finished a major assignment, so we thought it would be a good idea to have a few drinks. “A few” turned into “far too many”, and when my alarm went off the next morning (when I had tutoring to do), I was in no state to get out of bed. I figured that I could afford an extra hour of sleep (by forgoing my shower and breakfast), so I set the alarm to an hour later. I must have forgotted to actually switch it back on, though, because it didn’t go off, and I slept right through the sessions I was meant to be tutoring. Later that day, I got both an email and a phonecall from Rosemary asking what happened. But she wasn’t angry or disappointed - she was actually concerned that something serious has happened. I told her that my alarm didn’t go off (the truth, but not the whole truth). She said that was OK, and she didn’t bring the issue up again.
Oh, and one more thing - the tutors have weekly meetings that usually last 15 minutes, or half an hour at the most. But every time, she tells us that we met for an hour for the purposes of our timesheets.
So, any other stories about good employers?
If any employers are reading this, just remember to try to treat your employees well. If employees are happy, they tend to take pride in their work. After I made those slip-ups, I made a special effort to get there in time and I haven’t missed a single session. This probably wouldn’t be true if I couldn’t stand the sight of my employer.