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    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 2:41 PM
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    Part time work and University
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    • 19th May 17, 2:41 PM
    Part time work and University 19th May 17 at 2:41 PM
    Hi,
    So I currently work in a supermarket part time whilst I'm at university. I do 10 hours a week on checkouts spread across a Saturday daytime and Monday evening. I've basically been doing everyday though since I've broken up for university and doing exams, so I'm doing more overtime than my actual contracted hours, which is fine when I want to but over the previous summer I literally worked every day, and it kinda got to me, money was good but I had like no time to myself! Now I've transferred to a new store since I've been at uni, and it's coming to the time again where it feels like they are going to be asking me to come in every day! But this time it's worse, it's not just down the road, I'll be doing a 45 minute drive to work and back every day, so at least an hour and a half of driving a day. I chose to do this as it's only 3 months before I'm back to my accommodation and it saves me transferring and going though all the hassle again. In theory I don't mind doing this say, a max of 5 days a week, then I get two to myself at least. But I know exactly what will happen and I'm going to be working literally every day. The worst part is they genuinely have no one else to cover it as now I'm on the customer service desk and it's only a team of 8 people! What do I do? I don't want to quit, I just want to be working a decent amount of hours a week, but also have free time. I've been seeing a girl as well just to really make it worse, and she doesn't go to university and works full time instead, but if I'm working everyday I will never get any time to see her, which I would like to do really. For example when I say "no I can't do any overtime" baring in mind, im in twice for my contracted hours, and already doing like 2/3 extra days as overtime they ask why, and I dont really have an excuse, I just want some free time really which is kinda understandable? I think they're understaffed and they talked about offering me say like 26 hours a week on contact and then dropping them when I go back to uni, not too sure on this idea as I won't know my timetable until September and I may end up loosing most of my hours since I'd have took these 26 hours in the day, got to uni and can't do them, which will leave me with like 1 day of work for 6 hours a week if I'm lucky! I understand this is long and a bit of weird question, but does anyone have any advice for me? Thanks 🙂
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 19th May 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:00 PM
    Learn to say "I'm sorry I can't do those shifts." Maybe practise in front of the mirror. You don't have to say why: you're not contracted to them.
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    • By ~Beanie~ 19th May 17, 3:46 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:46 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:46 PM
    Like Savvy_Sue says, learn to say no!

    You don't have to give any reason, just say 'Sorry I can't work Sunday/Saturday etc)'.

    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 3:56 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:56 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:56 PM
    Hi, Thanks for both of the replies. I will try but they always seem to ask why, which is annoying. Just in the group chat im in, they asked if anyone can do any extra hours next week, everyone read it but no one responded. Now i promise they will beg me as they have literally no one else :/
    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 19th May 17, 4:03 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:03 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:03 PM
    "I plan to be incredibly drunk that day"
    "I'm playing football"
    "I'm going to be in my boxers, on the sofa, playing Xbox"
    I mean it really doesn't matter why you cant. You just cant.
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 19th May 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:09 PM
    No sorry, I have plans that day
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    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 19th May 17, 4:17 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:17 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:17 PM
    You have other responsibilities. You need to study (and relax!) Just say you cannot do more shifts. Are you clear in your own mind about what the max number of hours you can work each week, and feel comfortable, is? If not, I suggest you work this out, then you may be less tempted by the money being dangled in front of your eyes.....
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    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 4:59 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:59 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 4:59 PM
    Ill try some of these responses, see how they go. And realistically no more than 25/30 hours a week. I mean if i want to do all week, which occasionally i do, ill ask for the overtime, i just hate when they keep asking, if i want to do it, ill ask or let them know etc. Like a few weeks ago, I had uni all week but no uni the next, I said the week with no uni i didnt mind working every day as i needed some extra money for my car insurance, so i went to the checkout and customer service rotas and put my name down for every day! I thought this was a fair way to go about it? yet the week after i wanted to do a few less days as i wanted some revision time, but they just begged and begged for more shifts knowing id finished uni
    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 5:03 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 5:03 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 5:03 PM
    Also the other issue is, the supermarket i work for, begins with a T their contracts are these flexi ones, which means you fill out available hours and technically they can call you in whenever they want. Obviously things like free time is different every week, so am i breaching my contract by putting my available hours to something based of my uni timetable, so like i can work some evenings and any day weekend? But obviously im in the holidays now so technically my availability is every day?
    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 5:04 PM
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    I mean i didnt even want a flexi one, but its the only part time contracts they offer! it always seems to be flexi when they want not when you want :/
    • WibblyGirly
    • By WibblyGirly 19th May 17, 5:14 PM
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    Sounds like I dodged a bullet not getting a job there!
    You just need to keep saying no. I can't believe they have no one else to cover, even if they don't that isn't your problem. Just say no you can't do it and ignore all further messages begging you to work.
    I'd consider finding a job elsewhere where the hours are more stable and you don't have to do 7 days a week.
    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 5:22 PM
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    It's not I don't like working there, I do, better than when I used to work in McDonald's! It's great to have the option to do loads of work, if I want to etc. Just gets stressful after a long time of doing it! And no, there is like 8 staff trained to do it, and I'm one of them, technically my hours are contracted to checkouts but I haven't been on there for like 2 months... The issue appears to be, someone has left the team to go elsewhere on another department (no surprise) I think due to lack of break cover etc ,which is kind of scary im going to end up doing these hours , and basically now they've left, they just turned it in to 26 hours of overtime instead of getting new staff :/
    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 5:25 PM
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    In all fairness though, they've just got a new manager in charge of the customer services like yesterday, and she wants to speak to me about moving my hours on to the customer services, so I'll give her a chance and propose I just keep my Saturday, and one evening for 4-5 hours to make up my 10 hours, and then say until I go back to uni I'll try and pick up a few extra shifts each week across customer services and Checkouts to get some extra money. Is that a fair proposal?
    • WibblyGirly
    • By WibblyGirly 19th May 17, 6:01 PM
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    I think that sounds more than fair! If they wanted someone to work full time they should have hired on a full time contract so they can't complain when you only want to do the hours given in your contract.
    • Robert8x
    • By Robert8x 19th May 17, 8:45 PM
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    I'm back, and karma has struck me for posting this lol. Just looking at the rotas over my break, and in 5 weeks all the overtime appears to cut off for no reason, presuming they have new staff starting that day so that's a good sign! You watch there be like 0 hours overtime now, in this place there is either no hours overtime or hundreds, there is never a nice in between
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