I'm in a bit of a pickle....so the current job I work in now I work third and for the longest been asking for first shift. Being that I have a pre teen and a 2yr old working third is horrible. But nothing was available so I began in search for another job opportunity. After awhile I get a call back for another job working 1230 to 9 no it's not first but it has me home and off of third. So when I go to put my resignation in at my current job suddenly my job has a first shift open up and now trying to convince me to stay. But here is the kicker the position they have available puts me in a situation where my work load double, NO pay increase, and I'm working with a military style supervisor. But with the new opportunity which is the 1230 to 9 at another job I work mid day, i have pay increases, full staff always, but I'm still getting home late, and finding a daycare with those extended daycare hours seem impossible.
So I'm asking if you were me and have children what would you do? Bite the bullet and stay at current job because its first shift or take new job opportunity and pray that maybe once you get there they be willing to work with you?
Choose the one that you feel will work best for you and your children but don't forget before you know it they're all grown up! Best to you and your family!:)
I am a mother of two but both of mine are grown and there was times when I had to work 3rd Shift because that's all I could get but luckily I had a husband at home I don't know what your situation is but if you're a single parent I would take the other job because you get a pay increase you may be getting home but at least you're not leaving them all through the most vulnerable time of night so and you can always get online and find a babysitter for part-time there's always young girls looking to make some money that's going to do the job for you and are trustworthy
Hello Raven Rosborough, In making your choice between the new offer or your current employer there are several things that should be taken into consideration.
First we will look at your current employer. Your new offered first shift is with a strict supervisor and your workload is doubled. Have you meet this "military style" supervisor yet. If you haven't, then that will definitely be what needs to happen. Find out if you can work with his management style. Explain your family priorities with him and see wether he is supportive of your family responsibilities. You also mentioned that your workload will be doubled. Does that mean that you will be required to put in a certain amount of overtime and if so what is the amount of hours per week. If you are an hourly employee, that would be money needed to secure babysitting or daycare cost. With both the current and new job, if your pre-teen is where you can find comfort in entrusting with your 2 year old and can handle the responsibility without question, perhaps this is a good opportunity for your pre-teen to earn a little income which will be something that teens reaching the age of independence and heightened self awareness could appreciate having.
Now you need to evaluate your new job offer. Have you had a chance to meet your manager that you will be working under. You should try to discuss your family responsibilities with your perspective new employer and see if they are supportive of you. Can they guarantee your shift or will there be any likehood that your hours could get switched down the road. Here is definitely where that pay increase you mentioned is going to come in handy to secure babysitting/daycare costs. You could also look into finding an older individual who is willing to watch the kids until you get home. There are some elderly individuals that are looking for a way to make a little income that would serve well this need since its a little later than most daycare's hours. And it is also a bit more economical.
It is important to weigh the benefits that the two companies are offering you. Having a family to care for, you would want to look at the health and dental insurance both companies are offering. Also what are the paid sick hours and vacation time offered. Its also good to find out if you get unused sick and vacation pay when you leave your job, as not all employers pay you or are obligated to do so in many States. See what type of retirement investment accounts are offered, is there employer deposit matching to these accounts? Stock options are also benefits offered by many employers today. Determine also which company has a better future growth opportunity for you to advance your career.
Based on your circumstance and needs of your family, you should find out as much as possible before making your choice as to which job you should take. Make sure that the work culture of the company is one that you can be comfortable working in and your supervisor is someone you can work with and he/she with you. I hope this will help you in your decision as to the choices you have. I wish you and your family health, happiness, and a job with prosperous prospects.
I'm currently dealing with a much similar situation. currently I'm going with the option of which pays more, also because I was offered an opportunity to move in the company. I didn't hesitate for much too long after considering the fact that I gave my resignation letter and a co-worker advise me, just because you gave them a letter, they are going to try to find any reason whatsoever to fire you. I took that advise from a young girl, only 19, but had been with the company longer than I had, turns out the day I gave my notice they try to find a reason to fire me. But I played the cards that I was dealt, at the right time. My advise dear, move on for the betterment of your family as well as your health. I too worked the graveyard and 2nd shift. The 2nd shift was a lot more justifiable than the graveyard shift.
Hi Raven Rosborough - that's a hard decision. On one hand, it seems like the new job will have better pay and opportunities for you. At first look, it seems like the right choice.
On the other hand, if you're getting first shift at your old job, that means you will be able to spend more time with your kids.
It's your decision, but I would try reaching out to management at the new company and see if they can work with you right off the bat. Being honest with them is the best way to see what will happen.
I'm going to tag Veronica Jefferson , Anthony Harrington , and Patrick Coppedge on this post to see what they think. They're incredibly smart and helpful members in the community, and I think it will help to have their input and insights on the situation.