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Old 06-04-2012, 04:46 PM   #17
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Re: Need opionions on a letter to my employer.

Originally Posted by HeatherlovesCDs View Post
I guess I'm just out in left field here. Maybe I don't fully understand how your job works, but after reading it, I still don't understand why you can't go over 2x's while he works won't work with only 4hrs to work with. Does it make it not worth your time? Is there not actually enough time? I'm not trying to be difficult, I just don't understand. However, I am NOT suggesting that you are being difficult or should be willing to go 2x's, just that I don't understand based on the wording of the letter. Hopefully, that makes sense.
Right now I make $120 per weekend before taxes.
I spend about 40 minutes of driving time for one round trip... IF traffic is perfect, I don't hit all red lights and I don't get stuck waiting on a train at the rail road tracks.

So to spend 2 hours a night over there, split into two shifts, I'm driving 1 hour and 20 minutes to work two- one hour shifts. I do this each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

With my hours being cut to 4 hours per weekend, that means that I'd be working about 1 hr 20 minutes each night instead of 2 hours. That means 40 minutes of driving time per trip, to work a 40 minute shift, 2x a night.

So I'd be spending the same amount in gas, to work less hours and get paid less.

Originally Posted by HeatherlovesCDs View Post
I would also change the wording in the last paragraph which says, "Thank you for the wonderful blessing of allowing me to be part of Betty's life, she is so sweet most of the time and I just love her to pieces." I would take out "most of the time." I'm sure she can be difficult at times, but I think that goes without saying due to her illness. When you said "most of the time," all I read was, "she isn't sweet and is difficult sometimes." I'm sure that is true, but I feel like there is no need to call attention to it and it may strike him the wrong way. No need to point at the negative in this letter.

Point taken.. Totally didn't mean it to come off that way, but I see your point (and it's the same point a few others have made) so I'm totally going to change that.

Originally Posted by HeatherlovesCDs View Post
And one more thing, if you are wanting him to help you find the sub or for him to find it himself, I think you need to spell that out exactly since he is used to you doing it. Say something like, "Please start looking for someone sooner rather than later because I would hate for you to be left scrambling at the last minute." You say that you would hate for you (you, not him) to be scrambling. To me, that implies that you are ultimately responsible for finding someone like you have in the past. If you don't want to be then, you should spell it out in a nice way. "I know I normally find a substitute for you and I will try to help, but ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure she is covered because this leave is not optional." My wording may not be best, but you need to make it clear he needs to step up.
That's why I want to sit down and have a face to face with him.. to find out if he intends to find someone, if he's expecting me to find someone, or if he's going to call the agency and see if in this situation they can provide someone.

Thanks so much!

God bless!

Hopefully none of that came across harshly. It wasn't meant to at all, but I can come across blunt without meaning to. If you don't like my suggestions, please feel free to disregard. These are only my thoughts and ideas.

Good luck! I hope you (and he) have an easier time finding someone than you think you will!!

ETA - I see someone else said the most of the time thing while I was posting.
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