Jessica Calderon
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How do you guys feel about being scheduled for on-call shifts? How long should the window of being called in be?

#on-call #scheduling #workplace #schedule # #jobsearch #oncall

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Sharon E
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That depends on the job. However, if reasonable it could be for a day and others would rotate with you so that it’s fair.

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Nur Yunlu

In my current job, we have a section called "uncovered patio." If anybody scheduled a morning shift in that section, they might be called off depending on the weather. Every server has that section shift in the schedule.

Another thing is if they need to call off someone because the restaurant doesn't have enough reservations or cold weather conditions. The manager asks everyone if anyone wants to get cut. Let says no one wants to get cut! The server that has less seniority has to cut that shift. If a person gets called off already, a person doesn't have to take them for the week.

This way is fair to me! I know not every restaurant treats its employees well.

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Ford Simpson

When working with animals you were always on call. Luckily these situations are infrequent, but very satisfying to help a sick or injured animal. Part of the job,Ford

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Phoebe Montrie

I've been on call before due to weather issues and sometimes busy events! When scheduled for a patio shift we often had to wait and see if it would rain or not before coming in. ⛈ I don't mind getting an unplanned day off but sometimes the $$ is too good to miss and it's a bummer!

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Anthony Harrington

Where I work, we have 7 days of being the after-hours on-call staff. we are on-call every 7th week. I LOATHE my turn on the rotation. It stresses me out, we have to put our lives on hold for 7 days so we can be near a computer at all times in the event a call comes in.

Additionally, if we have to pull in an additional resource, like a developer for example, it takes a herculean effort to get ahold of someone.

Calls come in all hours of the night/early morning. Then you have to be up and ready for your regular shift the next day.

There is no differential pay for this either as we are salaried.

If ever I decide to look for a new job, I am going to ensure it does not have on-call hours as a requirement.

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Torie Miley

@Sharon--In retail, extra hours are always ringing!

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Juan Paxtor

It doesn't matter what kind of work.

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ERIKA DURITSKY

I say the more hours the merrier but I also LOVE being a nurse, e even on my bad days

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Beatrice Pesqueira

Before I wouldn't mind... but now I do.. I have a child and a husband now.. That type of schedule doesn't work for me..

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Karolynn Campbell

I worked in IT. I was on call one week a month. With that I worked my shift and if there were any issues after hours I would get the call. I didn’t have to go in, but I had to log onto my work computer from home and fix the issue with 2 hours. If something had to be deployed at 2am then I had to be up to do it. If it took until 6am then I completed it and then went in for my shift. I was a salaried employee so it was part of the job.

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