Adventures in Human Resources! The "I want sunday off" problem.

So being in Retail all of my working life one thing has always been clear, you must work Sundays. Period. People just don't get it.

So a few days ago a woman came into my reception area asking for a hiring manager. "I put in an application several days ago and I wanted to see if there had been any decisions made." All the while she was clutching her son to her hip like a ming dynasty vase.

So as a part of my job I looked up her information and looked at her availability. She wanted Sunday off, so do many other people. I asked her "Would you be willing to change your availability and work on Sundays, we really need people to be here because its the busiest shopping day of the week next to Saturday."

"No, I can't do that, we go to church."

So I told her "I'm sorry but we cannot accommodate you based on your availability at this time, you can put in another application in a few months."

So she huffs, her aspirations shot. "Well! Church comes first!" And she storms out with her child still on her hip.

So I thought to myself, you would put church over the ability to earn a living in a terrible economy? You would also give up the ability to support your children just because you miss going to a building once a week? If church really does come first then what about your own happiness?

Also I kinda felt like the bad guy after talking to her but I've come across this problem before.

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Comment by Jim DePaulo on December 2, 2009 at 10:40am
I won't work on Tuesday. On Tuesday I smear pasta sauce in my hair and give thanks to the Flying Spaghetti Monster for giving me Tuesdays off.
Comment by Rusty Gunn. on December 2, 2009 at 12:03am
I worked in retail for ten years. If I'd never had to work a single Sunday in that decade I'd still say "RETAIL SUCKS"!!
Comment by unholyroller on December 1, 2009 at 6:35pm
Teach a person to fish and they will eat for a lifetime. Teach a person religion and they will starve praying for fish.
Comment by Sonny Mobley on December 1, 2009 at 1:34pm
Good for you. Rules are rules, and it's always a good thing to let them know that 'church' or 'god' isn't a word that can get them anything they way.



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