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Posting has suffered here as of late. The posts are shorter and not so prolific. The reason for that is that I finally have grown tired of my diversity hire of a boss and have been taking steps to transfer to a different department. I have been working for both departments lately: 3 twelve hour shifts for my home department, and 2 twelve hour shifts per week in my soon to be new department. I hope that I will be released from the old department in the next several weeks, which will give me some more time off.

The road to this has been long. I was hired to work from 7a to 7p for 3 twelve hour shifts per week. I was to supervise the unit, write the monthly work schedule, and generally make sure that screw ups weren’t being made. It was a new position created because mistakes were made in the unit that resulted in the death of a patient, and I would answer directly to the department head. They told me when they hired me that my qualifications greatly exceeded those required for the position, and I was hired at what they claimed was the top of the scale for the position.

The unit was falling apart. Of the 14 employees, 9 of them were gone in the first three months I was there, resulting in me working 5 and 6 twelve hour days per week for the three months it took to hire replacements. So I spent last summer working 60 to 80 hour weeks. I was told during that time that I would not be writing the monthly schedule.

In August, they tried to hire another supervisor to split duties with me. He didn’t meet the minimum requirements for the position, but they were hiring him for $12K more than I was making. I was livid and expressed my displeasure. I even did my own background check on him, and discovered that he had been arrested three months before for punching an Orlando cop. The wound up not hiring him.

Then in October, annual evaluation time came, and mine said that I had missed the quarterly staff meeting, and that I was not doing my job because I was not writing the schedule (that they had told me not to write). That quarterly meeting I missed? I missed it because it was being held on my only day off, sandwiched between a 6 day workweek and a five day workweek. Even 132 hours worked in 12 days wasn’t enough. They wanted more.

So November came and they hired another new supervisor to split duties with me, and she also wasn’t qualified for the position, so they had to rewrite the job description in order to accommodate her. Her pay was equal to mine.

Beginning the week of December, they changed my working hours to be 11a to 11p, while also cutting my hours an bonuses. Now my take home pay was lower by about $15k.

Then I was told that the new supervisor would be writing the schedules. Guess who is now getting her choice of what days she wants to work, and guess who is working the leftover days? So I began looking to see what I could do. I was prepared to quit and see if I would be eligible for unemployment, since they had cut my pay and changed my hours so drastically.

Instead, a department head that I had been working with all throughout the COVID outbreak in August asked me why I was wasting my talents where I was. She said that I could work some OT in her department, and once my original department head releases me, I could work for her.I could additionally set my own work days. For now, that means temporarily working 5 days a week, but I get all sorts of bonuses and OT for it.

So that’s where I am. Buried in work, and waiting for my original department to release me. Hopefully another couple of weeks, and I can take it easier. A little.

For now, I can bank away a few thousand a month extra. Today is my only day off this week.

8 replies on “Transitions”

Do what you need to – and getting into a work environment that isn’t more aggravation than it’s worth counts for this. I can’t speak for the others here – but I think you’re doing great posting, considering the circumstances.

Sorry to hear that, sounds very frustrating. Hope your transfer comes through. The older I get, the less inviting putting up with things like this seems. One of these days, perhaps sooner than I expect, the scales will smash over to “enough of this” and I’ll find myself retired. I’m glad that it sounds like you have a reasonable path back to sanity.

Posting has been ok, don’t worry about that . Get the job situation sorted, that is much more important. And I have to say the situation you describe regarding your current position, pay, and games played by your employer are complete bullshit.

They also typify so many corporate jobs in this country, where the best get screwed repeatedly, while the shitbums get preferential treatment and pay, along with all manner of excessive accomodation. I really do like the fact you scuttled the prospects of the one idiot they tried to hire on -to your detriment no less – by revealing that he assualted a cop. I laughed for real, both at their lack of due dilligence, and that you managed to take him out so easily.

And so many people wonder out loud why staffing is an stone bitch now and “nobody wants to work!” Yeah, maybe if those who actually applied themselves weren’t always taking figurative shots to the coin purse, they wouldn’t have decided to check out and go Galt to the greatest extent possible. I’ve been there mutiple times in my working life, and is the single biggest reason I now work for myself.

No company (owned by anyone other than myself) will ever be the beneficiary of my labor again. I know not everyone has that option. But, they have guaranteed that they will never get me back by their repeated piss poor treatment and taking advantage of my work ethic. It angers me badly to think how long it took me to accept that reality, and cast off the burden of ungrateful employers.

In any case, thanks for running this joint. Content quality is good even when posting is light, and comment sections haven’t been overrun with trolls (or you do a top notch job of moderating).

Good luck!
Last year I made a big change. At my old job it became clear they had no intention of honoring their promises to me, while making the job ever more difficult and focusing on everything BUT the mission…
My new job is much better, and I’m learning a new field too.

Posting level is fine, especially when you consider the sh*tshow you’re dealing with.

Be careful that your current supervisor actually does intend to allow you to move rather than stringing this out indefinitely. A friend’s wife just went through this, and it took the threat of a lawsuit to get them to allow her to transfer.

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