The Problem with Too Many Jobs

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Is that if one goes wonky, all the rest are thrown off and suddenly it’s a scramble to make everything fit. Welcome to this week, in which I have two separate situations in which I am supposed to be in two places at once. Consistency is key, people… this ain’t no after school movie money job, y’all!

Being part time, it seems many employers assume you’re just hanging out at home, facebooking your hours away until your husband or roommate or parents come home with all the money for you to live. Or maybe they don’t even think about it that much. One of my (now former) part time job bosses had a nasty habit of calling me while I was at work for my other job and freaking out when she couldn’t get ahold of me, because I don’t know about y’all but I try very hard to work for the company I’m working for that day, not everybody else. Now, that was a particularly poisonous situation that I won’t get into here because they did finally pay me and also I’m just classy like that, but I’m learning it’s not extremely uncommon for employers to assume they’re your only mistress, so to speak.

I’m not sure why this is, though. Even if this part time job is my only job, it’s probably part time for a reason, like maybe I have kids, or am a caregiver for an elderly relative, or am in school. So if my schedule is to change I think it’s only fair to be warned ahead of time, or, even better, have my opinion considered before said schedule change goes into place*.

The economy is rough right now, and I know for the most part most of us will take all the hours we can get. But some consistency would be greatly appreciated, and some consideration for our non-this-particular-job lives would be even better. When we’re happy, ie. not stressed and freaking out to pull it all together, we’re better, more efficient, more dedicated workers. It’s as simple as that.

*I’m using the royal we/I here, and mixing my own experience with a few other stories I’ve heard from fellow freelancers lately


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