Monday, September 15, 2008

Hope you don't like relaxation

You're 3 hours in your five and a half hour shift and it's time for your thirty minute unpaid lunch. Since you're the only person around, you are expected to stay around the studio in case the phone should ring or if someone shows up so you can work off the clock.

Why not clock in? Well, clock in and out too many times and you'll get a Summary of Conversation written against you.

Once you handle that customer's question, someone comes in to pick up their pictures. Handle that and you get another phone call.

And suddenly your break is done and it's time to get back on the clock.

Oh, also, food isn't allowed in the back room. Hope you don't like eating.


theaterchic said...

Because of the worrysome ratio of sales to payroll, our district started having certain studios close between 2 and 3 p.m. so that we would clock out for our hour long lunch break. This happened at my studio and it was really stressful because it was very common that someone would come in at 2:30 or 2:45 and you were either trying to squeeze them into a short period of time or having to do part of their session and having them come back for the end. You HAD to clock out at 3 or else you would get written up and then fired after 3 times (this was a fact stated to us by our District Manager). There were so many times that I didn't get my full lunch break, but I still had to clock out for the whole hour anyway because I didn't want to get fired. But then again, you'd get fired for turning people away too.

leosgirl said...

I hope you have a strong bladder too because it is a very rare occassion when you have time to go and relieve yourself in the bathroom!