Day 86 - Major Impact

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I work from home as a tech adviser to my co-workers. The company has about 5000 employees and I help when they are having connectivity, phone and systems issues. It's a telecommuting job which I love. Saturday I was given the news that the hours for our Team of 30 have been drastically cut to the tune of 500 hours per month. They promised more information later.

So Monday the Bosses announced they had created a way to be fair in reallocating the number of maximum hours we can get in a week. Hours were cut any where from 15% - 30%. My hours were cut by 20%. And the MAX I can get in a week is now 29 hours. More on how the hours will actually be allocated later.

Tuesday the Bosses announced that ONE spreadsheet was created for the T1 Team and one for T2 Team to enter their names in time slots until they have their MAX hours allotted. It is now being passed around, according to seniority so each of us can choose our hours. So the 1st in line adds their hours. Now those hours will not be available to the rest of the team unless more than one T1 is needed at that time of day. Then the next person fills in on that same page. And so on until all available time slots are filled. By the time it reaches me 22 others will have entered their hours. It will certainly not let me create an ideal schedule. And according to the Bosses it will be a permanent schedule until further notice.

I have an interview today for an Office Manager position. After working from home for 5 years this is a tough thing to do. Get up, get dressed, head into traffic, pack lunches, wear make-up, do my hair. *sigh* I have been spoiled. I can exercise during breaks at home. I have been fitting in 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. With a full kitchen I can make a great cooked lunch every day. And start dinner so it's ready when I leave work.

This means I have to learn another way to take care of myself. I'm going to do it. But it was an unexpected shift in my life.

I think I may need to buy a microwave....
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    I have a very unsteady work situation myself. I get in a routine, then I get out of it. I can honestly say, that is the thing that has the greatest effect on my weight loss. The best advice I can give is find something you can do consistently during the transition, and stick with it. I decided that I would not miss any workouts -- and I haven't. Through all the travel, and the crazy scheduling, I haven't missed. And it's brought cohesion to my weight loss plan. My eating habits were up and down for a copule of weeks, but there was always the morning workout to bring me back to 'center'. Much success to you!
    2693 days ago
    I'm not in that same situation, but a similar one where my hours change every 12 weeks. I have quite the groove going that I started in February. Come July 1 it will all change. I am a little bit afraid of how this change will go for me. But I am going to keep on and do what I need to do for me.

    You may want a microwave, but you can do it with out one. You can still make yummy grilled or pan seared lean protein to put on salads, I love crockpot cooking because dinner is ready when I get home (usually) and doesn't take a lot of prep work. You can do it! You will do it!

    I am sorry you are having issues with your job. You may find in the long run this change is for the better. So far, that has been my general experience.
    2693 days ago
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