Sometimes my library job confuses me. It’s a county job, so perhaps we can blame all this on bureaucracy. I’ll outline what I find confusing and maybe you can give your feedback on it. Maybe I’m not crazy. Bosses, business owners, and plain old employees with common sense…tell me what you think!
Here are the rules about scheduling:
- Aides may work for 12 hours a week.
- Shifts are to be no less than 3 hours (but they’re always 4).
- Aides may work an additional 4 hours a week if they take a Sunday shift.
- You may not work more than 32 hours every 2 weeks (average 16 per week, but you can make up a missed shift in the second week…but you can’t make it up outside that pay period.)
Ok, maybe they just don’t need much staff, right? The full-timers can cover it all?
Well, there are about 12 aides…as near as I can tell.
Why not make it so that aides can work 16-20 hours per week (or *gasp* 20-24) and cut back on staffing. In fact, we’re apparently 2 aides short, so why not let us all take on 1 extra shift?
Is this government charity because they want as many people as possible to be able to have this job? Is it government stupidity which meant that a library with greater staffing needs has to add jobs?
Even with 20 hours per week, they wouldn’t have to pay us benefits. Plus, they’d have fewer employees to do in payroll each week.
My last library position (different county) allowed a max of 50 hours every 2 weeks. That made more sense–it was fully part-time. We also had a similar circulation and fewer part-timers. I just don’t understand.
As it is, I volunteered for Sunday shifts so that I can earn a little money. It actually works really well with the church we started going to—which is across the street and has 11am services which get out around 12:30. We didn’t even pick it for that, but it’s handy.
If I were running this business, something would be different here.
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