Right Working Romantic Related Learning Friendly Healthy Legal Inspirational Unfiltered

Overtime Crime, Part 8

| Working | July 29, 2016

(I have been working an 80% position (32 hours a week) for three years, and some months prior I had asked for it to be raised to 100% (40 hours a week) but had been denied on the grounds that they could not “make that kind of commitment right now.” I decide to use part of my time to attend a university course, and since I don’t always know where I stand with my division manager, I decide to see the director first to make sure it is okay for me to be away for an afternoon every week. The director assures me that as long as I turn in my weekly hours during daytime (between eight am and six pm), it is entirely up to me to decide how I chose to spend my free time. Early in September, I enter the division manager’s office:)

Me: “Hi, [Division Manager]. I wanted to let you know that I signed up for a course at the university, which is taught on Mondays, and as I only work 32 hours a week, I plan to be out of office after 1 o’clock on Monday afternoons this semester. I already spoke to [Director] and he said there was no problem with that. I just wanted to let you know, so the people in [Our Division] would not be booking meetings after 1 o’clock on Mondays, unless absolutely necessary. In that case, I could skip class.”

Division Manager: “Oh? Okay, so you’ll be off on Mondays after 1 o’clock. For how long? How many weeks?”

Me: “Until December.”

Division Manager: “Until December?! But how will you manage that?!”

Me: “Well, if I arrive between 8:30 and 9 in the mornings–” *as I had been doing* “–and leave at 4 o’clock–” *as I had also been doing* “–and work until 1 o’clock on Mondays, then that is about 34 hours a week.”

Division Manager: *blank look*

Me: “…which is more than 32 hours?”

Division Manager: “But we have [Project] going on, which is very big as you know, and all the smaller regular ones… It’s going to be quite difficult if you plan to be away every Monday afternoon.”

Me: “Yeah? Uhm, are there any plans of increasing my work percentage?”

Division Manager: *half laughing* “No, no, there’s no money for that! But it’s all about the presence, your availability!”

Me: “Uh… Okay?”

(I sort of backed out of her office, not really understanding how she could justify asking me to be available for 36-38 hours a week, while only getting paid for 32.)