Getting called into work.....

United States
June 26, 2007 3:10pm CST
When it is your day off from work, have you ever gotten called in to work? Did you go or did you tell them that you had plans and couldn't help them out? Today my son got called to see if he wanted to work. He just worked yesterday, has today off and is scheduled to work tomorrow. He really didn't want to work today, he already has a friend over and another coming later. So I told him if he really didn't want to, then to tell his manager that he already has plans but thank you for thinking of him. Although it's important for him to learn good work ethics, I think it's also important for him to have some off time with his friends and to enjoy his summer a little. Besides it's the first time that he's told work no, when they've called in the past, he's always took on the extra day.
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81 responses
@winky73 (1396)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I don't think it's a problem at all....sometimes you just have to say no. I used to work a lot of extra days as well and it seems like that everytime they needed a extra person....they would call me first.I went for 3 weeks one time without a day off....well the money was great....but it sucked not having at least one day to enjoy it. If your son already made plans....than it was perfectly okay to say no.Especially if he always says yes and some managers come to rely on that....which is not really fair to your son.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
Oh and I forgot to mention that my son only has his driving permit, so he can't drive himself to work. I have daycare children, so I can't leave. Which means if my son did go in to work today, he would have to walk it. It's about a mile walk. He's done it before, but today is extra hot and humid, not a fun day to go for a long walk.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
26 Jun 07
That's even more reason to say no.I've said no because of transportation before too....but when I told them why I couldn't.....I was offerd ride....lol....just my luck.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
26 Jun 07
If this is his scheduled day off, then he has every right to say no..Sometimes you have to watch because some places take advantage of younger workers and think they can make them come in...intimidation tactic..He had plans and that is that...I see nothing wrong with it..and besides it was his scheduled day off.....whether he had plans or not doesn't matter....
• Canada
1 Jul 07
Yeah I agree with you. Employers tend to try to convince the younger people. At my work, its usually the higschoolers who are scheduled to work holidays (i had to work newyears, easter and thanksgiving) more so than some of the grown ups
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
1 Jul 07
That doesn't seem fair...Did the older ones put in for the holidays like last year or how do they work that?...you are entitled to a holiday off....
• United States
26 Jun 07
You're right. I think it is important to learn good work ethic. But isn't part of that knowing when to say, "no" so you don't burn yourself out? If he doesn't have time off to recoup he will end up getting burned out, and will most likely become less productive. I worked in the health care field for a long time, and constantly got called in. I rarely had any plans, and when they would ask me to come in, I found I couldn't really think of a reason not to go. I ended up getting burned out quite a few times. Finally I learned to ask why they needed someone. If they didn't have a good reason, like the person who needed to be replaced was a habitual caller-offer (LOL) then I would say no. If someone was having a real emergency then I would usually cover for them so they could take care of their business. If it was something borderline, then I would tell them to go down the rest of the list, and if they didn't find anyone else, to then call me back & I would be ready to come in.
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@arcidy (5016)
• United States
26 Jun 07
luckly for me they never ask for me to come into work but for cashiers they ask a lot of times when somepeople skip that day which is a real pain when people just take a day off from work it causes a lot of hassle especially on a busy day I know I would hate being called in because I would of had my whole day planned out bascily doing nothing lol and I would hate to go into work I would be miserable all day if that happend to me which thank god it dosnt happen.
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• United States
26 Jun 07
He deserves time off, he should never be afraid to say no. Even to friends, he should not be afraid to say no, this will make him a stronger person and more independent to what he wants to do. I'm glad he didn't work on his day off. I think sometimes managers depend to much on people when they don't really have too.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I agree it is important to learn when to say no and take a break. When I was working I was always being called in for extra days. I would always say yes so of course if they needed someone to come in I was always the one they called. It got old after a while because when I did have plans (which was rare) and would say no they would act all put out.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
Last week a co-worker wanted to trade hours with me because he was busy. I really didnt want to, but he pretty much made me. SO I gave him my hours on sunday, and he gave me his hours on wednesday. Well, he forgot to go to work for me on wednesday, so I got a call asking where I was. Thanks a lot! Then I ended up working from 3-8:30 last night. That isnt very long, unless you are bagging groceries. My legs, knees, feet, arms, and back still hurt this morning.
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@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
26 Jun 07
My old job would call me in on occasion. I would usually do it if I had no plans. The OT was great lol. Usually though, I would tell them I could only work a half day, and would do 6 hours. That way it helped them out, and my paycheck as well :) I know it was really bad after 9/11, we had so much OT, we all got tired of doing it and they had a hard time filling the spots. Once in awhile it's no problem, but constantly, really gets to you.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I work 6 days a week only cause the paper doesn't run on Sat. so never get called in on my only day off but, there are times they called me to ask if I could sub a route or 2 for another carrier and most times I do it cause the pay is really good for subbing. Like $30 to sub a route for one day whereas the route usually pays that much for 2wks. or close to it.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
26 Jun 07
When I was working there were a few occations that I was called in. It is up to each individual what they would do. There were times I went in and other I declined. If I did not have something to do then it is ok to go put in extra hours. There was a time or two that I did not go into work because I had plans or just needed a day to myself. My boss was very understanding and I never had a problem saying no at all. I think he should thank them for thinking of him and hope that the next time extra time comes up they will think of him again. Never hurts to be nice.
@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I'm on disability right now, but when I was working, I rarely turned down extra shifts when they called me in. Although there was one occasion when the boss tried to call me in, but changed her mind after I answered the phone.... Many years ago, I was a ward attendant at a state psychiatric hospital. The geriatric section lost all it's day shift staff one summer, and no one was willing to tranfer to the unit. Several of the 2nd shift workers, including me, began covering the daytime in geriatrics, then reporting to our own wards at 3 pm. For over 2 months, I worked a 17-hour double shift, 5 and sometimes 6 days a week. One particular Monday morning, my first full day off in a long time, the section chief of my regular unit called me at 6 am and asked me to come in and work day shift. I paused a moment, then told her I'd be glad to, as soon as I was done fixing lunch for the Crusaders. She told me to go back to bed! Good for you, that you understand your son needs to have fun, too. Some parents wouldn't. Hope he has a great summer, and you, too!
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@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I work part time. But, I am called in every now and then. It depends on the lead time I've given and if I have anything planned. My boss is bad to know he needs me to work but not call me until late the night before. I usually say no when he does that.
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
I used to work 2 jobs one was homecare and the other was at a restaurant, I would work homecare then go to the restaurant the go back to homecare after that. I would have 1 day off a week, maybe, there were times when I would be asked to come into both places when I wasn't suppose to work and I have had to say no to the one place but only once. I had plans that day. The next day I had found out that it was kinda an emergency which wasn't told to me but I told the owner that next time it is an emergency then I will have no problems coming in and that nothing I have planned is more important. I have also been called into the other job on my day off which meant overtime! But it is very hard on the system. I had worked 28 days straight at one point of time.
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@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
26 Jun 07
It really depends on when my next day off will be. I love getting paid time and a half! I once worked 14 days straight. I was a bit tired at the end, but the lure of the big paycheck was great motivation. Lately, I have been refusing the overtime. I will look at the caller ID and not answer if it's work.
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@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I never had this experience but I have seen this happenings many time and it was quite funny...little bit irrtating and.......bad too. it happened in many of our party when we are enjoying the party and eating too much, laughing...u can say at the peak of the party...one of my frind often have recieved call for his work and we loved to see is face that time....we all felt sa then and each time he had to go......
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Hi Daycarepal. I also run a day care. This summer I have a light load of kids that come here and there. I have one family that told me I would be watching their 2 children full time. Then the day before school was out, she informed me that she decided to hire a high school kid for most of the summer, but she wanted me to be backup. I was not happy as I was planning on these 2 kids as my full time pay. Anyways, I told the mother that she had to let me know ahead of time the entire summer schedule as I was not babysitting every day anymore. She didn't tell me until yesterday and on the schedule she had me watching her kids on Thursday (tomorrow). I had already made plans for Thurs as I have no daycare kids, so I told her "sorry, I already made plans. Since you didn't give me a schedule for this week , I assumed you didn't need me." She was furious with me, but I am not going to cancel my plans for her. I have never turned down a parent when they call last minute to watch their child, but I guess after 15 yrs of working m-f I am entitled.
• United States
27 Jun 07
Oh if a parent did that to me I would be upset also. I wouldn't change my plans. My parents pay the same rate 52 weeks per year or they lose their spot. I can't afford for my income to go up and down. They pay for the spot, not for attendance.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I should have them do that also. I do have the teachers pay for the 40 weeks during school whether they are here or not, but not for the summer. I have the others who take such advantage that it really makes me mad. I had 6 full time kids this summer and am down to none!!! I hate the stress of the lack of income. Can I ask what you charge per week in your area?
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• United States
27 Jun 07
I have some teacher families also, but I treat them as I would any other family. No special treatment, they are all treated equally to make it fair to all. The way I look at it is.....if I don't charge a teacher family during the summer because they are off, what about the construction worker who doesn't work much during the winter or on rainy days? Am I going to not charge them for those missed days? Or what about the waitress mom who has a slow time during the summer, am I not going to charge her? It just opens a big can of worms and I would be with no income. I charge $33 per day, per child. No sibling discounts or any other type of discounts. In home daycare, we are limited to how many children we can take. Therefore, I need full income on all my spots.
• United States
26 Jun 07
I get called in all the time, I usally just go in to earn the extra money
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• United States
26 Jun 07
There has been times on my sons day off that he has gone in to work so he can earn the extra money. Extra money is nice.
• United States
27 Jun 07
extra money? what's that? i think that is a myth. lol
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@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
27 Jun 07
I have never ever said no whenever I get called to work due to some emergencies or some problems that they have that needs to be addressed right away. But I think mine is different since I am already occupying a supervisory/managerial position and I have always believe that it comes with the job and responsibilities. It is not bad if your son said no if they still could someone else for the job. However, if his job is specialized and he is the only one who can do it, it would be more harmful for the company that he is working with to say no.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
No his job is not specialized. He's a stock boy at a hardware store. Nothing fancy, just a part time job for him to earn some money.
@usmcsgtwife (4999)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I am a SAHM so I am always working LOL
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• United States
26 Jun 07
Yes you are always working. And it's a very important job that you have. One of the hardest jobs there is.
• India
4 Jul 07
I usually need a break,especially when i'm called for work during break, I will try to evade, (frankly speaking) but if my boss insists on, I will curse him/her and will attend the work, fearing that i may be fired.
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