What a shock

I had a meeting with my Senior Managers yesterday. I knew that things were difficult in the current economic climate and I knew that they were looking at what they could do about. They say they have to cut expenses and one of the ways they’re going to do it is to cut my hours in half.

That leaves me in a very difficult position. I love my job and I’m good at it. I’m good with the customers and I’m good at selling and sourcing the right product to stock in the shop, and knowing what’s likely to sell and what isn’t. I have serious doubts that it’s possible to do the job in 15 hours a week, even with the reorganisations that the management want. I don’t want to find that I’m expected to fit a lot more hours worth of work into the shorter hours which would be very, very stressful.

Of course the other problem is that halving my hours will halve my salary to a level that it’s not possible to live on. I’ve already been working part-time hours on a very low hourly rate and I know that what I’m earning at the moment just about pays the bills with enough left over to buy food and petrol. So that leaves me with a dilema. The managers expressed the hope that I would be able to find another part time job to make up the shortfall. Is that realistic in the current conditions? I don’t think so.

Even though my job is very important to me, my priority will have to be earning enough to live on. That means that if I do find a suitable job, it may not fit in with my new hours and so I would have to leave the Bookshop where I’ve worked for the past 15 years. I find that possibility very distressing and upsetting.

So now I have to be proactive and start looking for a job. I may find that a miracle happens and I can find another part time job to complement the Bookshop, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

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