July 1st, 2005

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Wait....what day is this?

It being the early hours of Friday, this is my Thursday. (I label days based on the calendar day on which I started work. Since I start work at 10:00 p.m., this makes for some interesting time-shifting.)

Usually this would mean that I'd be spending time working (or avoiding so) on jobs due anywhere from Friday morning to Friday afternoon. Well, it's looking like folks are taking off early for the U.S. holiday weekend. I've worked tonight on jobs due on Saturday morning and Tuesday morning.

This makes it feel like my Friday, when there's usually work due at those times to take care of. It also makes me wonder what I'll be doing when I come in to work tomorrow if I'm already considering going home early.

I have four hours left on my shift. A job of about 150 pages is about to go on the board. It's due Friday afternoon, oddly enough. I imagine it'll take us about 30 minutes to pound through those pages with the people that are left here. That'll still leave 3.5 hours to my shift.
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Do the corporate hokey-pokey....

Well, things finally came to a head with the new policy: We are being required to take an unpaid lunch break of 30 minutes a day. Apparently, California law requires this and, since we have offices there, the corporate policy is being laid down for the whole of the company. A brief email exchange with my manager made it clear that taking this unpaid break at the end of my shift (after I clock out for the day) is unacceptable. So it looked like this was going to mean a 5% reduction in my paid hours (my shifts going from 10 hours per day to 9.5 hours per day). I hashed this out with my manager, however, and that is not the case; my shifts will now, officially be 10.5 hours per day and I'll be expected to clock out for some time in the middle of my shift. It doesn't have to be 30 minutes each day and it doesn't have to be every day.

Whew.

That works out to a whole lot more flexible and reasonable than was initially communicated to us as employees. I was all ready to demand a corresponding 5% pay increase to compensate for the loss in hours (though I haven't done the math to determine if that actually works out) and that's a raise amount higher than I've received in the last three years. (I'm lucky to get a 2% increase.)

So I'm glad I don't have to fight that fight. Now I just have to remember to clock out sometime in the middle of my shift. I don't really take a "lunch" anywhere during my shift; if I eat a meal at work it's typically a late dinner as soon as I arrive. I'll grab a snack every once in a while, but it doesn't seem worthwhile to punch out for that. Maybe I'll just punch out and listen to music for a while. It'll be weird until it becomes routine. I expect that I'll be forgetting to punch back in more often than not until I get the hang of it.