Monday, January 28, 2008

Overwhelmed Over Job Security.

As the title indicates, I've been feeling quite overwhelmed lately. The primary concern has been over work. I don't know why I didn't write about it in here earlier, but I nearly had to look for a new job. The company I work for was bought out by an East Coast corporation and one of the changes being enacted is that they are getting rid of shift leads. Basically, my position in the company is being eliminated. I still could waitress and train other servers, but I would lose my job security. As a shift lead, I am there for six to eight hours. Other servers are there anywhere from two to six hours depending on how busy we are. I cannot come in to work and be sent home after making twenty dollars. I have to make a hundred a shift. Furthermore, work has been incredibly slow for the previous week and a half (although it started picking up on Friday) and I have been making 50-70% of my normal tips.

Needless to say, I was fearing I'd have to leave and go to a busier/more stable restaurant. Fortunately, management enjoys having me there and values me as an employee. I'm taking over bartending shifts on Sunday nights which is a guaranteed six hour shift. Management also discussed with me that the might not get rid of leads, or at the very least, rename them as a different position and keep them on. Last, I was offered a managing position! I'd be an hourly manager which means that I'd work when one of the managers get sick, go on vacation or if they just need an extra manager around. Furthermore, the general manager indicated that she'd probably have me do opening shifts or mid-shifts so that they wouldn't interfere with my normal serving shifts. I'd come in before I go to school, or pick up my sister on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. I start training immediately and as a manager I'd be making a base pay of fourteen an hour. Essentially it would just be extra money in my pocket because I'd continue to work my regular shifts as well.

Last, to supplement my income in this volatile time, I've started looking for something to do on the side.


Strange Bird said...

Yikes! Good thing they like you there! :)

SavingDiva said...

I hope that you're able to continue to make the money necessary to meet your goals. Right now I feel confident in my job, but I know that I need to find a new job/go to school by August!

Julie the Graduate said...

That seems to have worked out pretty well for you! Managing experience will look so good on your resume and it'll be good to have an hourly rate that doesn't depend on tips.

mapgirl said...

Yikes. It's nice that your managers think well enough of you to help you maintain your income. I hope when school ends for you that something steadier comes around.