Weekend? What do you mean weekend?

I sit here at my desk clicking away at the keys as I hear some tv show (ok secretly it is Keeping Up With The Kardashians) quietly playing in the background. I wonder when my life took the turn to where I am today, an amazing place and path. 

So many of us don’t take the time to appreciate where we have come from and the struggles that have brought us to where we are. If it wasn’t for my past and the jobs that I previously held I wouldn’t have the privelage of sitting here on  Saturday night working! 

Dedication to your career doesn’t mean that you are working into the midnight hour during the week or even working on the weekends, it is about the passion you put forth every single day.

I crave the work, I desire the information so I stay connected all of the time. I want more for myself so I push myself further so that I can achieve more. 

What do you crave? What do you desire? Do you want more but you feel that you aren’t moving anywhere? 

Here are some key things to self made success at any level: 

  1. Don’t push yourself too far. Everyone needs a break and can’t always be running full speed 24/7
  2. Take the criticism and critques. They are helpful, yes possibly hurtful but helpful. 
  3. Seek others inputs. No one person has all of the answers so open up the floor to see another perspective.
  4. Map out your career path. Knowing that you want more but not knowing what you want makes for an impossible steady growth because you don’t have one clear direction. 
  5. Study. Read. Gain knowledge. No this doesn’t mean college, this means open up a book, grab a magazine, read a blog. See what other successful people are sharing. 
  6. Be true to yourself. If you change who you are to please someone else your success will end in misery, your own. 

The last thing I have to say that is so very important is to always remember success is not earned overnight. Be patient and stick to the path! 

I want 9am you want 8am, can we compromise?

Setting your own schedule is a luxury that many of us dream of having and some of us are lucky enough to have that luxury but have we ever run into the battle with our bosses as to what hour we should be arriving and maybe even leaving?

Lets just run through a scenario. You are set on having a nice easy morning and strolling into the office at 9am, not missing any meetings or any hot issues, you proceed to work your day and leave at 5pm, again not missing any meetings and hitting all of your deadlines but the next morning you come into the office to have an email from your boss asking you to pop into their office as soon as you arrive. When walking into that door you are greeted with the friendly smile but the displeasing conversation of “I really think you should be coming into the office earlier”.

In the above case are we getting our work done? Are we causing any issues? Many people will face this kind of feedback when electing their own schedule, but why?

PERCEPTION. Perception is a driving factor in many schedule requests. We(senior management) want to see and know that there is always coverage. Sometimes people self compare, they feel that because they are coming in at an earlier hour and possibly even staying later that everyone should be doing the same.

This logic is not the best to follow because some people can get the same amount, or more, work done in less time. If your time and dedication while in the office is in full swing you should be able to set the appropriate hours that you can get that work completed in.

What about CORE working hours? Some companies do have what we call core working hours, those core hours are hours in which their staff must be in the office to attend any meeting or “fires” that might arise. I reached out to a couple different companies to get their opinion on hours, I have left the companies anonymous but have indicated their field of business.

  • Medical IT : no core hours, free to set own schedule, allowance to work remote any hour
  • Insurance : CORE hours 9-3, semi flex schedule as long as meeting core hours, minimal working remote allowance
  • Banking : CORE hours 8-5, set schedule, no working remote
  • Grocery : CORE hours 8-4, set schedule, no working remote
  • Restaurant : no CORE hours, set schedule, no working remote
  • District Manager/General Manager (retail) : no CORE hours, free to set own schedule, allowance to work remote any hour

Now remember that this is just some companies and not all companies will follow this same thought process or rules, but it helps give a glimpse at what other companies or fields may be doing and again this is for salaried associates.

So how do you get your senior management to see eye to eye with your schedule requests? Show them that your work is still getting completed, prove to them that their is no loss on their or the companies behalf for your having a varied schedule. Having true measurable data is hard to argue with, if you have the numbers to support your request most likely your request will be accepted.

-Have you seen issues with your schedule requests even with measurable supporting data?
-I want to hear some of your situations so that we can talk through some options or even your companies policies.
-Do you have a company that has a flexible schedule mentality but doesn’t follow that belief?

What time does the day start? ⏰

Many people have very different views or opinions on what time you should arrive in the office and what is just considered late. 

When you get into the world of a salaried role you see that you most likely put in more hours than the normal hourly associate but how are your working hours being selected and are those hours the best to get the most bang for your time? 

I am an advicate for setting your schedule as you feel appropriate BUT only if you are getting your work done and are staying ontop of everything. When we start seeing the missed deadlines or even the lack of motivation I think that ser earlier schedule should be put into place. 

What time do I come in the office? Am I salaried? How does my company feel about schedules? Great questions! 

  • Yes I am a salaried associate
  • I arrive into the office between the hour of 7-7:30am and leave about 4pm
  • My company has core hours to be in office between 9-3 

As most may realize we are working well beyond our 7-4 time, I log into my email after I leave the office and keep working away. My work email is the first thing that I open in the morning and I am immediately in work gear, pushing forward with changes. 

But how do we feel about the associates who come strolling in at 9am and leave at the same time? I ask you are they getting their work done? Is their work lacking anything? Then WHO CARES! We don’t want everyone to be the same and we sure don’t want them to be us so stop comparing them to yourself. Now if it is the opposite that they are coming in at the 9 o’clock hour and their work is sub-par or below par then that is a conversation with their management and their work success will reflect their drive. 

Do want the freedom and flexibility of making your own schedule? Them earn it! Prove to yourself you really deserve it and show others. 

” The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first. ” – Ginger Rogers

Stop in tomorrow to talk about how to make your employer get on your schedule bandwagon! 

(Remember you can reach out with any questions you may have or requests for conversations)

Welcome, let’s put a plan together

Welcome to my blog page, on my page you can anticipate to get topics related to operations, business management, team management, and how to get through the day-to-day life with the busy and ever-growing career. I will take on topics by request and I will have my own written agenda to discuss. 

I am Kaylee.