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BJ'S BLOG 05/30/14 "Working After Giving Notice"

I hope you all excited for the weekend, Rock-A-Holics…because it’s time to get back to work. We need everyone here early for some Group Therapy!
 
Getting to work is the problem on Ann’s mind as well: she recently gave two weeks’ notice at her current job. In return, her employer scheduled her for seven days of work in a row, including all of Memorial Day weekend. It’s a jerk move, there’s no doubt about it.
 
Ann’s friends and family were pretty much unanimous in thinking (and telling Ann) that she shouldn’t let her current employer do that to her. Some even suggested that she just quit the job altogether, but Ann felt like she would be compromising her own integrity to refuse the work.
 
Y’know, I am always confused by people who get angry about the work schedules of their friends and family members. Kids have to eat, bills have to be paid, and those things only happen because people go to work and make money. Sometimes, that work involves less-than-convenient hours, long shifts, and even spending a holiday weekend with your nose to the grindstone.
 
I admire Ann’s integrity, but I do hope that she isn’t just holding on for a good exit review. Personally, I think the idea of waiting around just to get a high-praise recommendation is a lost concept. It’s like a human Yelp review – ultimately, a letter of recommendation isn’t going to sway potential employers. It’s all about who you are, and what you can do.
 
What can YOU do to advise this hard-working lady?  I’m curious to hear your answers since the weekend is upon us…or maybe you have to work Saturday and Sunday. I’d like to hear from all sides on this one! 


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BJ'S BLOG 05/30/14 "Working After Giving Notice"
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05/31/2014 12:58AM
This is "Ann"
Hey BJ. This is Margie (aka"Ann"). I really appreciate all the advice from your staff and listners. I knew I was going to work the seven days before I wrote,but I needed to hear it from you that I wasn't crazy. I had a new job lined up before I gave my notice and I didn't work the seven days for praise. I did it because it was the right thing to do. I have a strong work ethic and believe that until my last day I should work hard for the job I was hired for. In my years working there, I never called in sick and never was late. I got a better job and that's why I left. That's when the true colors came out of the company. I felt bad for leavingthese people, but I don't now. The coolest thing about seeking advice on this topic is that the listners learned something about previous job referals, employee rights, and work ethic. I feel wiser, and yes, I took Toppy's advice. I worked the seven, banked the overtime, and kept my integrity in tact. All thanks to your show.
05/31/2014 2:46AM
Quitting on the spot
I worked for a well known car dealership right after high school in Renton. I was a car salesman selling both new and used vehicles and it was definitely a learning curve to selling cars in volume. The biggest sale I ever made (profit-margin wise) was a deal that took roughly 6 hours, including being at the dealership until 1230am because of how busy the weekend was, and my customer was ready last. After all this work, this deal was stripped from me and even out of our sales system despite the customer paying in-cash and the deal completed. I was outraged, purposely wrecked a used car (backed into a pole), quit next day.
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