Sunday, August 5, 2012

Yet more opportunities

We currently have 4 dispatchers working 5 days each to cover 21 shifts per week.  This leaves one shift open and the 4 of us rotate covering that shift.  We are in the process of hiring a 5th dispatcher who covers that shift along with vacations, holidays, sick days, etc.  If none of those situations arise, the 5th dispatcher, to guarantee her a 40 hour week, works in the office.

One of the dispatchers wanted the weekend off for her child's birthday.  No problem.  She was scheduled for days on Saturday and days and 1/2 of evenings on Sunday.  The night girl stayed over 4 hours on Saturday and the evening girl came in 4 hours early on Saturday and all was right with the world.  I had planned to cover the 12 hours on Sunday myself.

The night girl called on evenings and said that she was not coming in and probably wouldn't be back.  When asked why she did not give two weeks notice, she said that she knew that if she did, the rest of us would just take time off before she left.  She's probably right.

She just got back from vacation and has used all of her available holidays.  One of the other girls has 3 vacation days she must use before September 1st and I had a week of vacation scheduled starting in two weeks.

So, because this person does not want to work 8 hours overtime a month and does not want to work her two days off while I am on vacation, the three of us who are left, who worked our days off while she was on vacation, now get to work 7 days a week for the foreseeable future.  If a new dispatcher were hired tomorrow, there is still a three month training period.

To say that I am less than pleased is an understatement.

Is there some sort of litmus test for selfishness that I could use for the new-hires?

Just venting and didn't want to throw it on facebook....sorry y'all for whining....there are ample opportunities for success in the back room.

1 comment:

Sayre said...

Oh, that's terrible! I suspect someone who is a little older might be a better fit - this person who quit seems to smack of 20's and early 30's as I've seen that kind of behavior myself in employees that age. Not all are like that, but enough to make me wary of the younger ones.

If I were in your neck of the woods, I'd apply in a heartbeat. I have thought of doing this before and actually applied but someone else was hired who could start immediately (without giving the 2 week notice at the other job). I think somone who cares about other people is a must because helping them is what this job is all about. If your applicants care more about partying on a Saturday night, I wouldn't think it was a good fit.

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