Schedules and demands

The new job – well, I seem to have turned a corner. I’m finally feeling like I’ve gotten the flow of the office, and now the ground is shifting beneath me.

My hours have decreased from 36 to 27. Over 30 at this office equates to full time, and now I’m down to part time. I asked to have Mondays off, so I am responsible for the loss of two of those hours. It takes me 45 minutes to get to work and I was being asked on Mondays to work from 5-7 pm. I spent almost as much time in the car as I did at the office and so I planned to switch my Monday hours for a few more later in the week.

My schedule is now Mondays off, Tuesdays 5-8 pm, Wednesdays 5-7 pm, Thursdays 12-8, Fridays 8-5 and Saturdays 8-2.

The doctors are hiring a replacement for the other girl – who currently works Mon – Weds 8-5. I asked to obtain some of these hours, and assumed I could take a full day 8-8 on Thursday or perhaps even 11-7 Weds. Given that they have encouraged me to come in to cover lunches and vacations for those hours, I assumed that wouldn’t be a problem. I figured it was better to ask for more hours before they hired someone else.

Apparently, they are not willing to give me more hours. I was told I’m not getting them and in the search for another job or a second job, I saw the ad they’re placing for her maternity coverage. It’s for Monday 8-7, Tuesday and Wednesday 8-5.

I’ve asked if they’re unhappy with my performance, but I have gotten no answer. I know I’m overqualified and a little out of my element, with not having any dental experience, but I have been applying myself and thought I was doing very well.

I’m just frustrated. One of my colleagues believes it’s because I make too much money and because I’m a flight risk because I’m not likely to stay long term in this job. I don’t know if that’s true, but I know I’m ramping up the search for work, again.

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