What is your ideal work situation?

@GardenGerty (96668)
Marion, Kansas
February 16, 2012 1:24pm CST
Do you like a varied schedule? What hours do you prefer to work? I currently have to pick up a new schedule on a regular basis, because they do not call and tell me it is changing. I work mostly "second shift" until ten, eleven or midnight at night. I would rather work earlier. I work in several different environments, and that can be fun. Certainly never boring, but sometimes I feel a lot of anxiety about where I am working and with whom. I have only worked with about half the clients I may eventually have. Tell me about your work and schedule, what you like, what you dislike. I am getting ready to leave for work soon, so I will answer tonight or tomorrow.
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@MandaLee (3691)
• United States
16 Feb 12
Dear Gerty, I work as a freelance writer. I am also a Marketing Assistant. I love having a flexible and varied schedule. I am a morning person, so I prefer to work in the daytime. At one of my workplaces, I work from noon til four. I love all of my jobs for different reasons.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
I was not able to build enough income from home. It was also hard for my husband to respect my work hours. Where do you do freelance writing?
@MandaLee (3691)
• United States
19 Feb 12
Gerty, I freelance write for helium.com.
@Jessi_T (380)
• United States
16 Feb 12
Many years a go, when I was working a traditional job as a vet tech I worked from 10:00 in the morning until 6 pm. I really disliked it, I mean I loved the job it was the hours I didn't love because I wasn't home when the kids got home from school. =( So I decided to quit working and become a full time stay at home mom, thankfully for me that was doable, but we did feel the pinch for a little while and back then I did consider going back to work. Today I am glad I did not. If I had to work out of the home I think I would prefer night hours, though I am always more awake at night so would probably be much more productive. And also I would be getting off when the kids went to school and waking up when they came home have a couple hours with them before going to work.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
I would not like those hours either if I had children at home or any other schedule to work around, like a working husband, etc.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
16 Feb 12
my job is really perfect for me because i have health issues. i work 3 mornings a week from 8:30 til 12:30 and i have days in between to rest or do whatever. sure i dont get a ton of money, but i like the people i work with, the company i work for and i love the hours.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Feb 12
That is so wonderful. If you have enough money and your health and strength are protected as well.
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• United States
16 Feb 12
Right now I am not working but soon I will be. I like working for myself because I can make my own hours. I will be working in a hair shop and most likely renting a booth after I get customers. I then will work three days a week and even take some business at home so I can be comfortable. I will mostly be braiding hair which I can do anywhere.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Feb 12
You sound like you have a really good plan and it will be ideal.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Feb 12
Work 2 hours, get paid for 40...
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@sacmom (14317)
• United States
19 Feb 12
You're kidding right? If not I want your job!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 12
Sign me up for that one as well.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Feb 12
That's my dream job, not my reality...
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Feb 12
hi GardenGerty I used to wo rk as a n urses aide in the local hospital and so did shifts,changing every three weeks, but finally got on solid on the 3 to 11 shift,this is the fun shift as it never boring,afternoon surgeries and emergency surgeries, babies being born, things change all the time which is sort of funl then the last 23 years I worked days and some ev enings in our tustin Libray and loved it as the crew were so much fun to be with.I did work out of a nusres registry for three years night shift which was okay some ti mes but hated being sent to some of the really [poor quality nursing homes here in Caliofornia,not the patients but the conditions , the careless ness, the rotten hygiene just 'unbearable.Working in the library was pleasant as I shelved media and books and all media thats checked out. The crew were delightful too. I was retired at 79. both jobs involved helping people which I always wanted to do.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
What I hear you saying is that your co workers make a significant part of your job satisfaction. Good co workers make for the best working situations.
• China
17 Feb 12
When I was at work,I went to work at 8 am and didn't get off until 5 pm ,during it we had one hour for lunch.However I lived out of a suitcase ,which constituted most of my working life.If let me say what schedule I like,I choose day shift before night work.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
I think I prefer that as well, but right now I do not have a choice. I have a job, it pays okay, and I work the shift they have for me. In less than five years I can completely quit.
• China
18 Feb 12
It seems that you will be retired at the age of 60.By the way,if they pay your endowment insurance monthly.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 12
No, I will be probably 62. All employers must pay into Social Security, so that will help.
@bostonphil (4397)
• United States
16 Feb 12
I work part time and would like to continue to work part time. We work in four hour shifts. We are required to work three days out of the five day week and one weekend shift. We pick the days that we want to work. That I like. What I do not like are the hours. During the week, it is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. I would prefer 2 to 6 p.m. or 3 to 7 or 4 to 8 p.m. If we choose Saturday, it is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I would prefer 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sundays it is 5 to 9 p.m. Again I would prefer 12 noon to 4 p.m. I take the bus and bus service is only so so especially at night and on weekends. I do not get home until about 10:15 p.m. on week days and about 10 p.m. on Sundays. I would prefer to be home earlier.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
Very interesting type of scheduling. What is it that you do?
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• United States
17 Feb 12
I work for a market research company. I am a focus group recruiter. We have a day shift that recruits business focus groups. They work business hours. I work the evening shift. We do consumer work so we call people when they might be home or after normal work hours. I work in a call center. We never try to sell anything. Everything we do is strictly market research. We get hired by large companies. They ask us to recruit a group of consumers to give them opinions and feedback about a product or service. These are done in our facility at a round table discussion led by a moderator. At the end, we pay our participants for being in our discussion. An average focus group lasts about two hours and we pay people about $100 cash.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 12
My mom used to participate as a consumer in those, and try out products as well. I am in such a small community that I never see anything like that offered, or seldom. Hubby was chozen fo a local one once, but they overbooked him. He got $25 for showing up and getting sent home.
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@sacmom (14317)
• United States
19 Feb 12
My ideal work situation would be where I'm my own boss. LOL But since that's not possible, I'd like to be able to work a full-time schedule with overtime. I'm not really picky about what hours I work, however, I would rather work a straight shift over a split one. I currently work a part-time split shift and although I love being able to go home in between shifts, I'd rather just get the work done and over with so I don't have to worry about going back the same day. Unfortunately with the job I have, that isn't possible. On the plus side, at least it's close to home. The things I like most about my job are the dogs I work with. The majority of them are very sweet. I also like working independently. Most of the time I get to work alone. I don't have to deal with anyone but the dogs. The things I don't care for is all the crap...literally and figuratively! LOL I especially hate it when my boss is in a bad mood. She tends to complain about everything. Oh, and before I forget I also don't like not having a set schedule. My days are all over the place...even when my boss gives me a schedule, it can change at any time. For example I was scheduled to work this past Thursday, but when I got there I found out I didn't really need to be there. My boss let me stay anyway, but not without a price. Wish I could have went home as she was in a really bad mood that day! Oh well, I guess that's what happens when you work for someone else! Happy mylotting!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 12
It sounds as if you and I have some of the same draw backs on scheduling. Mine can change at any day. I would not like a split shift, either, or grouchy grumpy bosses.
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• United States
25 Feb 12
Why isn't it possible to work from home? Have you done any research on work-from-home opportunities? If not, we really should talk! I searched and searched for a legitimate business opportunity that didn't require any investments, and I finally found it just over a year ago. If you're interested, we should chat so I can share it with you...even if you'd just like to try it part-time.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 12
Hi, dlawrence, I am not sure what skills I would have to have to do what you do from home. I gave up my job that was stressing me. Part of my issue was their lack of organization about schedules, but that was just a small part of it. My husband and I do product demos, those are in the public, but we pick and choose what we want to do. It is just that it is not guaranteed to be there as much as we need it. I interviewed today for a job I would not mind having.I do earn some money from home and I am proud of that.
• United States
17 Feb 12
Hi GG, I don't work anymore at this time, other than Ebay selling. I gave up a couple of years ago trying previously for 2 years to find work, and then ended up taking an early retirement. When I did work at the Shoe store, I would work 3 twelve hour days from open to close. That was my preference and I would have 4 days off. They would be different days but I also would be able to choose which days I wanted to work. I enjoyed that. The garden center I would work from 7-8 in the morning until 5-5:30 in the evenings. We wouldn't open until 9:00 but I would go in early to get my work done before customers, and then open up the center. That also was a prefernce. I did not work the weekends and loved only working from Monday through Friday. I really miss both positions. What are you doing now that they don't set your schedule for you? I never heard of a job that you had to call and find out your schedule all the time. I guess that would irritate me not knowing when I'm working or not. How do you make any plans with that?
@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
Right now I provide residential support for the adult mentally disabled. I work a floater position, which means I am training for every residence, every client. The hourly needs are different with each house, and I may be scheduled to train, or to be and extra set of hands at one house, and someone could call in sick at another house. They would have to move me. The bad thing is, I usually cannot call and find out, but have to go in and get another copy of an updated schedule. Right now I have all my time scheduled for the rest of this month, except next weekend. I will work twenty four hours in two days, I think I know who may use me, but I do not know for sure. I also fill in for vacations and unexpected days off, like if someone is injured. (one lady fell down stairs at her home). Yesterday I trained to work part of a shift for a young man who has two jobs who has to be out of town today for most of his shift. I also can get offered overtime.
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• United States
17 Feb 12
Wow, that sounds like quite a job and I hope they're paying you well. I don't think I could do it so kudos to you! Everyone has their niche in life but the medical field was never mine. Is this a field that you picked or was this something just to get you through? There must be tons of training for that and I'd probably be a nervous wreck. Well, I hope eventually you get so good at this, they'll put you on a regular schedule.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 12
They pay extra for taking the floating schedule and learning everything. I have experience in this field, but it would not be my first choice, if a magic genie said I could pick whatever job I like. I can do this job, but it is not my passion.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Feb 12
I've had my ideal work situation a few times. Tutoring one on one and the hours are usually a couple at a time. To me, that's perfict.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
That would be great, if you could get enough work to meet the bills.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Feb 12
You hit the drawback on the head. Not enough students to pay the bills. Another great job, one of the people who goes to our healing circle has a taste testing job for a chocolate factory. That would be a great job except that she's gained a lot of weight and it's only temporary.
@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
She can hope the weight is also temporary.
@thesids (22362)
• Bhubaneswar, India
17 Feb 12
Hi GG I had been into various kinds of jobs - teaching, software development, website development, also worked as a Call Center Executive in between for a small 9 months period (3 months as Telemarketer, 6 months as Technical Support). The most difficult time slot I found was at the Call Centers. I was catering to their clients in the West, and as such, I found myself sleeping when it was all day here and awake when everyone else was asleep. Today, I dont have a fixed time slot for work as I work from home. When there is work I stay awake till 3:00am or even the entire of the night as my regular client is from UK and we are in a different timezone and also I prefer delivering on or before the scheduled time.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
Do you like doing that? Of course, working from home, I guess it is good at whatever time you can do it.
@thesids (22362)
• Bhubaneswar, India
18 Feb 12
Ah, the erratic timings... At times when I have my wife around, these look like quite a boring thing to do but most of the days - my wife has been away for a while now, - I think they are great to kill the loneliness.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 12
Why is your wife away, thesids?
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
21 Feb 12
Frankly I like to work with my own times. I want to be able to work from 1pm if I want to till 9pm or wok from 7am till 4pm, just depends on my mood. But of course as long as I am an employee I have to go with the rule, so I hate it when I have to check in the office at 8am cause I need more time to sleep in... I don't like to have a fix task ever day, I like to have various and I like it more if I can boss everyone in the office...
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 12
Maybe your goal should be to own the business in the future. Variety is good to keep a job interesting.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
29 Feb 12
You are right, oh how I wish I am my own boss...
@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
17 Feb 12
Since I was young I have this difficulties in getting up early as I love sleeping late at night. :D I used to wonder whether it is possible to get a job which starts a little bit late in the morning so I won't be late all the time. And after waiting for 7 years (I started working in 2003), I finally got a job which starts at 11 am. Lol.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
Well, that is nice for you. That means you can stay up late, but still get the sleep you need.
@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
17 Feb 12
Absolutely right. :D
@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Feb 12
I have worked many schedules. At the phone company they had a schedule that ran like eight weeks or something and the last two were Sunday, Monday of the one week and Friday SAturday of the previous so you had a four day weekend every other months. That was nice. Worked alot of splits and nights which I never cared for. the one I guess i liked the best was Sunday through Thursday 8a. until 4p. That way I had a week day off incase i needed to make any appointments and a week-end day off as well. Nice all round.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
It sounds like that one would be useful for a lot of people.
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@celticeagle (117189)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Feb 12
I am glad it wasn't so I got it. lol
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@drannhh (15064)
• United States
17 Feb 12
LOL, Gerty, Ideally I would be the boss. That's right. I like to come and go as I please and have total responsibility for my work. The only problem is then I tend to be a bit of a workaholic. I have worked swing shift much of my life and prefer that over having to get up early in the morning. I don't like to have to dress up for work. I especially don't like having to go to mandatory cocktail parties to socialize with clients, bosses, and coworkers. Yuck, I don't like having to do working lunches either. Seriously, I don't think it is good for the digestion. I don't mind changing schedules and different environments. Enjoy your job!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
Well, I have to work independently, and I do not have to go to schmooze with the uppity ups. I have some interesting clients, and then I also have some things that are just a little too interesting.
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@drannhh (15064)
• United States
17 Feb 12
I know EXACTLY what you mean!
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
17 Feb 12
I prefer to work days and during the weekdays. I would really prefer to not work at all, especially since I've just gotten sick, but they are letting Maggie out of the hospital tomorrow...
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
Yes, I think I would prefer days, weekdays only, but we work where we find it. I hope Maggie and you are ready for this.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
17 Feb 12
I hope so too!
@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
16 Feb 12
My job in the home health care team was the perfect work situation for me. I started work early in the morning and went home in the afternoon. Every day was different and I met new patients every day, I really liked that part of the job. I have also had jobs where my shedule changed all the time. Every week was different, sometimes I worked mornings, I sometimes I worked afternoons, and that made it hard to plan my free time. I never knew what my schedule was going to look like next month, so I couldn't really plan ahead, and that was a little frustrating.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 12
What I do is very similar to home health care, but all clients are also mentally handicapped. I am doing a floater position, and what you describe is exactly where I am. I am told that even if I am given a schedule that I should come into the office and get a new one every two or three days.
• United States
27 Feb 12
Do you mean that you do not have specific training on the clients they are sending you to? Here in our state if the client is getting state funded care (not sure you are working in that setting) the person working with them has to be trained to work with that particular client, sign the confidentiality agreement for that specific client as well as get the specific training on that clients diagnosis, be it physical or mental and the worker has to sign off on all of this. Did they make you do that for each client you get called into work with? I would get frustrated being a floater like that and having to call in for a new schedule every few days is irresponsible of the company. The company should be calling you to let you know of any changes to the schedule not the other way around. Of course when I was working in the mental health field several of the families were very picky about who worked with their relative and we had to spend lots of time training the employee and assuring that the employee met the standards of the family. The families that were less concerned normally decided to place their relative in one of our group homes to begin with.
@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
28 Feb 12
Well, my ideal work situation would be from like 10-6 p.m. Especially if I knew that I could get to work with no problem. Work Mon-Fri with weekends off, getting paid at least what I am making now, with decent benefits like I have now. Chances of this ever happening are pretty slim but I am not an early morning person, so this would give me a chance to almost sleep til about 8.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 12
Those hours sound pretty good. I could do 9-5 also. I gave up my job, it was giving me way to much anxiety. I have had another interview, but I also can do product demonstrations and make good money.
• United States
25 Feb 12
I made the choice over a year ago that I did not want to work in the corporate world any longer...mainly due to my depression and anxiety, but also because I needed to be more available to my daughter and husband in all capacities. In deciding to work from home, I searched and searched for a great business opportunity and found one. I also have a daycare. I couldn't be happier now that I've been able to be home with my family and take care of them while still earning money. This is my ideal work situation...working from home.
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Feb 12
There is a lot to be said for working from home or at home. I may do that, as i can do demos. I also may take another job.