Am I just a floater now??

United States
December 12, 2012 10:15am CST
So.. back in November I was happily working in the same bank I'd been in since I started with my company. Then one night they called and told me another bank needed some help the next day as they were short a few people and would I mind working there for a day. Sure, I said.. why not? A change of pace might be fun. The next morning while working in the new location my boss comes in and says they're going to move me to this new location permanently due to some changes going on. My regular bank lost some hours and needed to make some cuts.. so instead of firing anyone, they moved me. Sure, no problem. The new location is busier anyway. I started there permanently on Dec. 1. Today I get a phone call from my new manager.. there's another location that needs some help tomorrow. They're short a few people.. would I mind filling in? So I say sure, no problem.. So apparently I'm their go-to person for filling in when a bank needs some help? I'm a floater. I don't mind really. A change of pace is always welcome. Different customers, different co-workers.. a chance to meet new people and learn new things. What could be wrong with that? Plus I'll get a little extra for mileage because this bank is a bit further away. Won't get extra hours though because I'm only working what I would have been scheduled anyway. I kind of like that they depend on me also. They could ask anyone to fill it at another bank.. but they choose me. I think it's great that they know that I'll be flexible and dependable enough to help where I'm needed. Now if only that could come with a raise or some more hours.. then I'd be happy!!
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11 responses
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
13 Dec 12
They must think highly of you Kat and you have proven to be loyal and flexible with them and this is appreciated. I was a floater at the school I worked in out here and I did not mind but needed time especially to teach a new topic. The only disadavnatage was when they had an emergency and asked me to take a Math class. I froze because math had always been my weakest subject. In fact, I only got in to college because I had sciences but not Math. I didn't even sit the exam as even the techer's sais=d that it would be a waste of time. I was in a total panic as I walked into the classroom. But bless them - they were the bottom of the stream and had only reached their eight times table. That I could manage So floating os good - but only if you know what you are doing
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• United States
13 Dec 12
I couldn't do math either! (says the girl who works at a bank, yikes! LOL). Thankfully the way we process stuff is the same across the board. Every bank in my company across the country does things the exact same way.. so the only thing I really need to learn when I go to a new bank is where they keep stuff.
@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
13 Dec 12
Well that extra responsibility will look good on a resume. It also does speak well for what they think of you. I would be flattered.
• United States
13 Dec 12
That's true.. how would I incorporate this into my resume?
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Dec 12
They have to be watching you since they will switch you around...and since you are being so flexible lets hope they see you for your real value and offer up a bit of a raise...here's to you and getting a new raise in the new year!!!!
• United States
12 Dec 12
That would be nice... Mostly I think I just want a new job. Not that there's anything really wrong with this one, I just would rather do something in the field I went to school for.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Dec 12
Float away, at least until you start your real career.
• United States
12 Dec 12
Floating can be fun.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
18 Dec 12
If they are paying you for the mileage, that is really Good. I can remember a couple of different places I have worked, and being Floaters. Since I did not drive most of the time someone would give me a ride to the other store they were needing me to work. This is a great way to get to know others and hope you are continuing to enjoy doing this, and wishing you the Best.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
18 Dec 12
It is good to see that you are positive about these changes. A lot of people tend to get negative about such things as to why only me. Why do they do this to me. It is good to see for a change some one relishing change. I think this attitude could really help you in your career as you move forward. Best of luck!! Cheers! Ram
@GreenMoo (11842)
16 Dec 12
I think it's brilliant that they think you're good enough to just drop into a new location with a whole load of new colleagues and cope just fine. Not everyone would be able to cope with that.
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
15 Dec 12
Sounds like they can rely on you to be flexible. It looks good on a resume - to be flexible and dependable, if you even need to find new work. Also, by working in different places, it gives you a broad picture and as you stated, a chance to learn new things. Enjoy your work!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
14 Dec 12
Perhaps if you would go to the main manager and tell them that you don't mind filling in at the other branches at all and in addition to doing it during your regularly scheduled hours, you would also be willing to fill in for other hours as long as you are given some advance notice then you would be able to pick up some extra hours. Me, when I was working I didn't like be floated but that was because I worked at a hospital and I didn't like learning the way that the other departments did things because it just really confused me.
@shaggin (39819)
• United States
13 Dec 12
Well I think the best part is that you dont mind! If you didnt like this then it would be a different story but because its not bothering you to have to be a floater then thats good. I do think it is saying something that they choose to send you to the different jobs to help out. I am assuming they see you are flexible and efficiant. Great job :) Maybe in the future because of this they will give you a raise who knows.
• Hungary
12 Dec 12
When I started reading I thought you are sad about something. But good to see you got some good news. You can show your best at every office and that makes you more important.