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What kind of job do you have? Wage slave, salaried? Set hours or always waiting for a manager to put out the schedule at the last minute?

How often do you not go to work (ie: call off/beg someone to cover your shift/take a sick or personal day)?

Do you feel good about those choices?

Do you think a lazy bum* who's only ever worked in the service industry (who begs people to take a shift every week or two) could hack it in a more traditional environment?

*aka me. I ask because I'm contemplating getting a master's or a second bachelor's in accounting, which is a field I actually take great pleasure in, but I am such a lazy asshole who hates working, and I'm not sure I'm cut out for 8-5 office work.

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[User Picture]From: schexyschteve
2014-03-02 03:57 am (UTC)


I'm a teacher at a childcare center. I make an hourly wage, and I have fairly set hours. I start at 8am, but the end time depends on how many kids we have. Some days I work til 6 (when we close), but then other days, like yesterday, I got out at 4:30.

Rarely. I love going to work, and I like money, so I enjoy being there.


[User Picture]From: claddaghemerald
2014-03-02 04:04 am (UTC)


I work in retail and the hours are scheduled the Thursday before each week.

In the past two years of working I have called in sick three times and once asked a coworker to take my shift. One of the calling in sick was fake-I had asked for the day off and my boss said yes, I made plans and then she scheduled me, so I called in sick. The same thing happened another time but I got my coworker to take the shift.


Routine can do a person good-that is something to consider. If you currently work in a place where your schedule is kind of random it can be difficult but constantly having the same hours-that can help a lot. Your eating habit, sleeping and even how you relax and unwind will change based on that type of schedule.
[User Picture]From: dustyshakleford
2014-03-02 04:07 am (UTC)


I work the service desk at my job and occasionally am scheduled as a cashier. I work hourly. Our schedules tend to come three weeks in advance but it's not the same week to week. I might close a bunch one week, but open a bunch the next.
I never don't go to work, unless I'm super sick (like have the flu) or injured (I was having back problems about a year ago and couldn't go in for a few days).
Feel good how? I'm unsure what you mean in this question.
IDK, do you think you could do it?

Currently I'm having issues at my job. Nothing I can change really but I'm very stressed out. I started training in another area of the store to be the secondary worker for the claims supervisor. So I would work Saturdays (days she was off) and Mondays (she would be there too). I trained with her Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this past week. I was off Thursday. When I came in Friday morning I was told she'd been fired. She was obviously fired part way into her shift because stuff was half done. I've trained three days, no one else in the store knows how to work claims except the little I know how to do and her old relief person who last worked 2 years ago to give her a vacation and that was before they started having the secondary/relief person work every Saturday and Monday.

So I had to basically train myself with help from a claims supervisor from another store (I called her for help) on how to get the claims pallets (which have to go out Monday the 3rd) ready to go on the truck, how to do the paper work, and all that. A person from another store is supposed to be coming to help fill in while they find a new claims supervisor (a position I put in for, because I know I can do it, and I want to be full time) but management isn't 100% sure someone is coming, so now my schedule's been changed so I'll be working from 7-3 Monday - Friday till they find someone (indefinitely if I am that someone).

I don't mind any of that really because I'm getting more hours, if I make the effort to find out how to do the stuff that needs to get done done it helps me look good in the eyes of management, and all that, but it's still stressful because I don't have options to do a lot of stuff that needs to be done: claiming out stolen items, markdowns (this is what is done to items that can't be sent to the return center, they are marked down to 0 and thrown out), etc. I'm hoping someone does come next week so I can learn more from them and so I don't feel so much like a chicken with it's head cut off.

Edited at 2014-03-02 04:08 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: dustyshakleford
2014-03-02 04:09 am (UTC)


sorry for the ramble, I just needed to get that out to someone
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2014-03-02 04:10 am (UTC)


Im a software developer. My last job was salaried, now I am hourly and I do freelance (so, also hourly).
I make my own hours. I schedule my own day and work whatever I want to work from wherever i want to work.
I RARELY go a day where I dont work, even the weekends. I contract a lot.

Im feeling pretty awesome. I leave for Hong Kong in a few weeks to work abroad for a month. I hope to do more "Month Abroad" work terms in other countries in the near future.

Uh yeah. Service industry is shitty, you have no consistency, its hard work too! (eta) what i mean is a lot of office jobs/etc are EASIER Then service industry!

Edited at 2014-03-02 04:14 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: r0ck_y0ur_s0ul
2014-03-02 04:17 am (UTC)


I didn't include it in my initial response but I do also work AT LEAST a few hours over the weekend.
[User Picture]From: lunasol
2014-03-02 04:11 am (UTC)


50c over minimum wage, and it's pretty easy work so i'm not really complaining. The manager always does the schedule at literally the last minute, like he usually texts me the night before the new week starts, but i always seem to work the same shifts each week so it personally doesn't bother me. Perhaps it will once summer rolls around and i actually have time for a life.

I have yet to miss a day at this job, though i've only been there 4 1/2 months so far. I only call off, in general, when i'm actually sick. For the most part at my jobs, it was either i was one of the few people who knew how to do my position, or calling off would mean they'd be shortstaffed.

There would definitely be an adjustment period, i think, as you cope with having to have more personal responsibility. I don't know, do they have freelance accountants? You probably couldnt start out that way, but you could work up to it.
[User Picture]From: r0ck_y0ur_s0ul
2014-03-02 04:12 am (UTC)


I'm a project analyst for an insurance company. I spend my days writing requirements documents. I'm salaried. I guess pretty set hours. We have the freedom to kind of set our own within reason. We can work from home if necessary.

Not often. Only when I am very ill do I call in sick.

Very much so. My job can be challenging and sometimes it gets me down but I really couldn't realistically hope to be in a better place in my professional life.

It would depend on if you really wanted to, to be honest. Accounting is a career and not just a job so a certain level of commitment will be required. I, however, prefer the structure I've found in my career.
[User Picture]From: theaftercath
2014-03-02 04:26 am (UTC)


I do think having structure as well as better pay (or the assumption of better pay with good performance) would motivate me. As well as just like... not having the option to not go to work.

It's just so easy for me to be like "bleh. I don't feel like working. I'll just send out some texts to see if anyone wants to work instead" and voila! Instant day off. I've never actually called in sick or called off without a replacement, so I'm pretty sure I can sack up and go to work all the time if I had to.
[User Picture]From: wobblerlorri
2014-03-02 04:17 am (UTC)


I do phone support for prepaid cell phones. $9 an hour, work at home. I have a set block of hours I'm available during, and I get my schedule by Thursday of the previous week, so there's time to make changes if I need to.

I'm always here unless I'm having an RA flare or something catastrophic comes up. Shit, I work from HOME -- it's great!! Of course if I'm really really unable to work, I can call in, but I don't have the stress and the feeling I have to get away from it that you have with brick & mortar places. I always have a cat within easy reach for pets and purrs -- now that's a great job!!

I think the ability to commit to a job (being there every day 99% of the time unless you're really sick or an emergency comes up) depends 50% on how much you enjoy the work and 50% how much you enjoy the place and people you work with. You can love a job to death, but hate the people so much that you're miserable.

So if you think you can find a job at a place you love, with people you can stand, being an accountant, then go for it. If not, you might want to look into working from home or finding another career path.
[User Picture]From: snailrevolution
2014-03-02 04:25 am (UTC)


Hourly lending and computer person at the library. We have mostly set hours, but rotating weekends.

Hm... I think it averages to once every 6 months? If that. I hate missing work, partly 'cause I like hoarding my time off, and partly because it's an inconvenience to my coworkers. I feel ok with this, 'cause I really do try to only stay home if I am truly sick.

[User Picture]From: sporkeh
2014-03-02 04:28 am (UTC)


I work in a day care. I'm salaried and my hours are always the same.

I don't take very much time off and I'm rarely sick soooo I'm always at work. I need to get better at using my vacation days but I don't really see a point when it's winter and I'm gonna be cooped up in my apartment alone anyway.

I'm pretty happy with my choices.

Depends entirely on the person and why they're lazy. I was super lazy and took a lot more time off when I worked at a fast food restaurant because the job sucked and I didn't give a shit. I work a lot harder and I Don't take time off because I like my job now. I think you might be surprised by how much you like to work when it's something you actually enjoy!
[User Picture]From: tryaswemight
2014-03-02 04:37 am (UTC)


Developmental services, group home. Salaried with bankable overtime on occasion. Set hours, but shift work (7-3, 1-9, 3-11.)

I call off about twice a year, but I also book off all of the weekends I'm supposed to work (using vacation or accrued overtime.)

As frustrating as it can be sometimes, I really do love my job.

Couldn't environment isn't very traditional set breaks (we kind of take 'em when we have time, eat meals with the residents, smoke breaks when we want 'em as long as there's nothing really happening at that moment.) I don't think I could ever hack 9-5 either...I'd have to be evenings or nothing if it was gonna be long term.
[User Picture]From: hatefatwhores
2014-03-02 04:50 am (UTC)


I'm actually an accountant. I'm salaried which stinks because this past week I worked 67 hours not including what Ill work tomorrow and I don't get overtime or anything. So I can say with confidence that if you hate working, accounting is probably not the right choice for you. That being said, if you do actually enjoy the field and work you do, the hours fly by so you might end up changing your mind about hating to work. I have a bachelors and masters in accounting and I really liked most of the classes I took so if you do decide to get an accounting degree I'm sure you won't regret it.
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2014-03-02 12:56 pm (UTC)


Yeah, this time of year gets crazy for accountants, I have a friend who is an accountant and you barely see her for like 2 months every late winter/early spring. That being said, she's hourly, so she benefits from the extra hours.
[User Picture]From: faecat
2014-03-02 05:03 am (UTC)


I am a medical analyst and professional coder. My current job is paid hourly, because I'm contracted through a temp agency, and I have set hours mostly - I work 8-4:30 with a half hour lunch break, but when I take the lunch break is up to me and my manager doesn't care. My previous job was paid salary as a directly-hired employee.

At this job, where I have no paid time off, I haven't taken any days off on purpose. I had one day I didn't go to work, but that was due to snowmageddon. (ETA: I stand corrected. I also just took off Monday and Tuesday this past week, but that was arranged before I actually took the job, which is why my brain didn't count it.) At my last job where I had PTO, I took off one day a month pretty regularly either personal or sick time, plus 2-3 days at a time 2-3 times a year for vacation. When I left that job, I had 12 days of sick time and 17 days of vacation time per year. If they were going to give it to me, and my boss was going to approve my using it, no reason I could think of not to take it.

In an office environment, you really can't "get other people to cover your shift." Office work doesn't really work that way in most industries.

Edited at 2014-03-02 05:08 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: corrrndog
2014-03-02 05:38 am (UTC)


I'm a high school English teacher. I'm salaried and have a set schedule.

I get ten paid days off a year and I take all of them. I've never gone over that number of days.

I think so. If you enjoy it more and people around you take it more seriously then you probably will, too.
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[User Picture]From: piperki
2014-03-02 05:52 am (UTC)


I've had service industry jobs and now I have a regular office job (and have had for some years). I prefer the office work and its sick/vacation time. It's true I'm at work every day and my days off are weekends and I'm busy. But I got really sick this month and missed three days of work--paid time off that I earned. My co-workers did essential tasks while I was out, and I cover their major stuff if they have to be out.

I understand public accounting is a grind but other accounting/finance work is not so bad. I worked in an accounting office for a while (I'm not an accountant myself, though). The accountants all vastly preferred working in this smallish business environment to working for a big CPA firm, because the hours and workload were more reasonable.
[User Picture]From: sara_k_s
2014-03-02 05:57 am (UTC)


I'm a nuclear chemist, and an hourly (non-exempt) worker. The hours are kind of set, but the schedule changes a lot (often with little notice) and I get frequently get called in on my days off, so overall, it is rather unpredictable.

I have called in sick once in the past 8 years. Other than that, I schedule any vacation or personal time off in advance.

It probably varies from one lazy bum to the next, but it might be easier to deal with 8-5 office work if you're doing something you like or at least care about. I don't know much about accounting, but I'm guessing that kind of work will require a higher level of responsibility because if you call off, your work will be waiting for you the next day (i.e., you can't just get someone else to cover your shift). Depending on your attitude, this kind of environment could inspire you to be more accountable, or alternatively, you could really get yourself in trouble by failing to come through on your responsibilities. Really, it depends on your priorities. If you want to succeed in your career, you have to work hard and be reliable, no matter what the environment or schedule.
[User Picture]From: tea_urges
2014-03-02 03:29 pm (UTC)


A nuclear chemist? Sounds like the coolest job!
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2014-03-02 06:28 am (UTC)


I'm retired, but still work a wage job. It's only part-time, on-call. If I don't feel like going in, I can turn down a shift. I like this arrangement, but recently was asked if I'd take a full-time position. The pay is good, the work fairly light and seldom difficult, with plenty of free time, and so I'm strongly tempted. It would mean good health benefits, so I might just have to do it.

I virtually never call in sick. However, today is that one rare exception. I worked graveyard last night, and was scheduled to do so again tonight. But, while out walking the dog, my wife slipped and fell, breaking her leg in three places. And so, I called off work in order to stay with her at the hospital. Surgery is scheduled for morning.

Edited at 2014-03-02 06:30 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: hatefatwhores
2014-03-02 02:47 pm (UTC)


I hope your wife is okay. That sounds really terrible.
[User Picture]From: dawgdays
2014-03-02 06:39 am (UTC)


My title is systems engineer. I do the technical side of a sales job, in cooperation with a set of sales reps who focus on deal management and the financial side. This is for a tech company.

My cash compensation is. 70% salary / 30% commission, with the commission based on how well the reps do. I generally work 7:30 am to 5:00-5:30 pm, with some time on some evenings. No OT pay. It can be very busy, but there can be some slack time, depending on what the reps have going on.</p>

I get four weeks vacation a year, plus a few personal holidays, and some sick time. All of my time off is scheduled in advance, unless I am quite sick, which happens maybe once a year.

I like the work, the industry, the pay, the benefits. It is a very good fit for me.

If you like something, it's much easier to be dedicated to it. But there's also your own personal commitment to being a productive employee. That would be something to focus on, since it doesn't go over well if it is expected, and you aren't cutting it.

(I would think about this more, and write more about it, but it's late. Sorry.)

[User Picture]From: bunnikins
2014-03-02 08:13 am (UTC)


I'm a theatre technician, and I'm a casual, paid hourly. I get sent the schedule for a show/season when I'm offered the job, and if I don't confirm in writing that I am available for all the dates scheduled, I don't get the job. The schedules are 'subject to change' as in they're often correct as to days but hours change; a rehearsal will be shifted to a different time of day for example, or two rehearsals called on a day that had one on the original schedule. A weekly roster is emailed to us the Friday before we start, and then every Friday during the run; it's pinned on the notice board where we sign in, too. That roster reflects what we'll actually be working the following week, and shows us our breaks etc.

Currently, I have the schedules for a ballet I'm dressing for that starts next week, which covers I think ten days, and for the opera season I'll be working from early May, which is six weeks.

I don't call off. Unless I'm actually sick with something contagious; I work with performers, no way I'm going to be responsible for giving a singer a cold, etc! Calling off for any other reason would likely ensure I didn't get offered any more work at that theatre. Getting other people to take a shift for me is only acceptable under extreme circumstances. Depends who I'm dressing, of course, but I often dress principals, and if I suddenly couldn't be there for a show after being with them through the rehearsal period etc, they'd likely be quite put out! It's quite a personal relationship.

I work hard, long hours during a run, and it's quite draining, but then I generally have a few weeks, sometimes months, between shows, so it's not like I'm doing 14 hour days all year round. I like it. It can be a bit uncertain, because of the casual thing, but I tried to go back to retail last year in a quiet spell, and I hated every second of it, couldn't deal. I didn't mind working regular hours in retail when it was the only type of work I'd done, but I really can't hack it now!

[User Picture]From: katydidnt98
2014-03-02 08:38 am (UTC)


Tips and fees from customers only, no wages. Set hours but I choose the days, with the exception of one day per week that I'm required to work. And I'm allowed to stay later than the normal shift if I want, I just can't leave early without permission.

I don't have to call in when I don't work unless it's Monday. I just don't go, nobody cares. No work = no pay so it doesn't cost them anything, and giving us each different required days ensures that the slow shifts have enough staff. It's not an issue on busy shifts because plenty show up.

Yep. It's perfect for someone like me. Some weeks I can work six days with no problem and stay late for some of them, other weeks I'm too stressed or sick to work much and two shifts is all I can handle. Having this much schedule flexibility allows me to keep working instead of trying again for SSI.

Maybe. Depends on motivation, personal scheduling needs, and how much you like the new job.
[User Picture]From: lutine
2014-03-02 09:27 am (UTC)


What kind of work do you do?
[User Picture]From: distractful
2014-03-02 09:20 am (UTC)


I'm a tech in an emergency department. I get paid a wage. My schedule is kind of consistent. I get three day weekends off every other week and typically work every Monday and every other Thursday. I recently complained that I am the only tech that works four day weekends (hence every Monday) and that they recently scheduled me 3 12 hours shifts then an 8 in 4 days. Not fair.

I don't call off near as often as I'd like, haha. I last called off in October, I think. It was more of a mental health day because I was still new and was getting a little overwhelmed with all the death. It had been a rough few weeks. I'm better about that now and people haven't been dying in numbers in the ER like then.

I feel good about it. It blows when someone calls off and I don't want to put them in a bind just because. I called off one other time because I was sick and exhausted and didn't think I could handle a 12 hour shift. I slept a lot that day.

Sure. Retail and service suck. My job now is way more demanding than any other job I've ever had, but I love it. If you like what you do, being at work doesn't seem like such a mind numbing chore. I am inherently lazy and always say I don't want to go to work, but I always do and it's never that bad. It helps that I like my coworkers and that I think most of what I get to do is super cool.
[User Picture]From: lutine
2014-03-02 09:24 am (UTC)


I work in accounting. I'm hourly, but currently looking for a new job, preferably salaried. I have regular hours, but my boss lets me be flexible if I need to. I work 7-3:30 and will probably be changing to 6-2:30 next year to be able to pick the kiddo up from school.

My days off depended greatly on how much I liked my job, lol. When I hated my job, I called out or switched a shift about as often as you. When I liked it, I took maybe four days off a year. Currently I take more days off than I'd like, but not for recreation - staying home with sick kids, appointments, immigration stuff for my husband, etc.
[User Picture]From: asa_chan
2014-03-02 10:16 am (UTC)


I'm an administration manager, salaried. Set hours, I work from 8 am to 5 pm with one hour lunch. Sometimes I have to do overtime but that happens very rarely.

We get 30 paid vacation days. Last year I missed maybe 4 days, 3 days I was sick, one day I had to go to a funeral.

Personal days don't exist here lol. And I have not yet worked a job where someone can take over my shift.
[User Picture]From: blackdwarv
2014-03-02 11:21 am (UTC)


I am a concierge in a very upscale condo. It's hourly, set hours plus whatever I pick up working for other people. I'm scheduled for two days a week, but I'm also the 'vacation guy' so when someone wants/needs time off, I get them whether I want to or not.

Because the staff is so small, calling in is not available. Unless I've been hit by a car and smashed to pieces, I'm expected in.

It's a shitty, unrewarding, unstimulating job, and I desperately wish that I could get another... but from all appearances, I've been put on the 'unhireable' list in this city. When I apply to a job that is at my experience/education/interest level, I am utterly ignored. When I apply to something under, then I am ignored. On the rare occasions when someone didn't check the list first, I'll go in, interview well (I think...) and get a "We went with someone else" letter a few days after.
[User Picture]From: lied_ohne_worte
2014-03-02 12:14 pm (UTC)


Salaried, but with no one really giving me instructions on what to do when except for fixed times I have to be there. Quite a lot of what I'm being paid for is preparation time for the fixed work times I have, so I can do a lot of my work whenever I please - or not at all. I'm somewhat overqualified for my current work because I'm doing something else next to it, so I don't need all the preparation time I'm entitled to, which someone with a lower qualification might need.

I have six weeks paid leave a year plus one free weekend each quarter (as I work weekends), and I'm sick... hm, I think I take around five days off a year.

They aren't really choices. The paid leave is my right, just like other workers' here, and I'm supposed to take it. There are certain times when there is a lot of demanding work that can't be done by someone filling in, and at those times I don't try to take leave, but apart from that I take it whenever it fits - before or after one of the more work-intensive times, or when I have something private planned. And when I'm too ill to work, I'm too ill to work. My work involves, among other things, singing and talking, and if the voice is gone, there isn't much I can do about it.

Oh, I also give some private lessons, six per week at the moment. I try to give those unless I have called in sick at my main job or have to work there at the same time, unless I'm actually away. Those lessons are paid each when it actually happens, so no lesson -> no money.

Sure, why not? If it is something you like doing, that should be a great help.

Edited at 2014-03-02 12:16 pm (UTC)
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