Alright, this is really pissing me off. For the most part I shouldn’t bitch about anything concerning work. First, I have a good paying job with outstanding benefits and awesome side bennies. (Stock options, bonuses, non-required O/T but as much as I ever want). Second, it’s a job I absolutely love. It’s tech support, but not like what you’d expect working for DirectTV or Compaq or the like. THis is all proprietary Unix-based software and in-house harware configs for a global company. And we just picked up 5 more pilot stores of national (US) chains. I have the job security of a funeral director or cop. Also, Even the “dumbest” person I’ll ever deal with is at least a manager. (I won’t be getting calls wondering why the computer doesn’t work if the monitor is unplugged.)
So on to what is infuriating. 3 weeks ago we were to fill out a form listing shift preference in order of best to worst. We run 24 hours 7 days a week. So I listed and told (3x to the woman) I wanted a start time of 9a-12p so I’d leave no later than 8:30 pm. If that wasn’t avail I wanted anything that started after 10pm. I added one qualifier, but that’s in a sec. We also could choose to have one perm day off with alt weekends off, or just take whatever 2 days off they wanted to give you. Here was the qualifier:
If I had a shift that was overnight I* needed* Saturday off, and whatever other day they wanted to throw me. The reason, that I wrote on the form and told her many times the same day, is that with my wife’s sched, working overnights would leave me only Saturday to spend more than an hour with my wife.
If I could have a sched that ended before 8pm I could spend some real time with her on the weekends, though the week would still be out. But it wouldn’t matter if they wanted me to work Fri Sat and Sun as I’d have the evenings at home.
The schedules (starting next week) were listed today.
I’m scheduled from 2:30 pm to 11 pm. With Mondays and alt weekends off. Exactly the combination I said was NOT going to be feasable. If I ever want to spend more than 2 hours with my wife where we’re both awake and lucid and the rest of the world is the same, we get 26 days a year. Every other Saturday.
Every other fucking Saturday only to go out to dinner, have friends and family over, go to a movie, anything that involves people other than only us at home. We have 26 days to do what keeps a marriage together and healthy and close to other family members. That also means we have 26 days a year to have unrushed, long-lasting sensual love-making. Minus the inevitable days she’s being visited. Man cannot live by quickies alone, and wives really hate that shit if it’s all they get.
Now, this isn’t because I’m some sort of fuck-up or that I’m not keeping up with the others. We test often. This training is very involved and intense. And the testing is often to make sure nobody’s falling behind. I’m currently 3% behind the leader and safely in 2nd place. Who are the people getting the better shifts?
4 single early-20’s kids. With no formal or work-related training in this field. All got the overnight shifts. One has every Sat/Sun off, one has every Sat/Wed off, and the others are mixed days off.
Even though I explicitly stated there were about 5 hours out of the entire fucking week’s 168 hours I need to have off no matter what.
I love my job. I love what I do. I love the people I work with. I love that I can wear a t-shirt, shorts and sandals to work. I love that I can have food and drink at my desk. I love that my desk is an actual semi-private desk that is huge. I love that I can have little toys to play with while working. I love that I have a private parking spot and private access to corridors that keep me warm and dry if I want to avoid going outside from car to office. I love that the atmosphere is so relaxed you can do what you want as long as it’s legal and doesn’t interfere with phone time. I love that the CEO has installed a free foosball table and dart board and encourages leagues and gambling clubs. I love the free booze provided at staff get-togethers.
But I love my wife more.