Little things that make huge differences with work

by beagooddad on April 3, 2007

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I have spent many years now primarily working from 6-2:30. Life has been good. I get home and get to spend a few hours with my family before dinner. I can get chores done before dinner. Then I can eat dinner and help put the kids to bed.

It has really been good.

But my new assignment looked like it was going to make me work from 9-5:30 for a few months. Which meant I wouldn’t get home until about 6:45pm.

My kids, and I’m sure a lot of young kids around the world, go to bed around 7:30.

This means I wouldn’t get to spend a couple hours with my family before dinner. I wouldn’t get chores done before dinner. I wouldn’t get to eat dinner with the family.  I would pretty much just be able to play with them for a half hour before starting to get ready for bed.

Today was my fourth day on the assignment.  I asked the director in charge of me there what would be the earliest I could start my days.  He said whenever I want.  So, starting tomorrow I will be working from 6-2:30 for the rest of the project.

Which means many hours with the family before dinner.  It means some chores will get done before dinner.  It means much food will be eaten at family dinners.  It still means only two kids will get put to bed until October.

Here’s where the story gets fairly amazing.

While chit chatting with the boss, he asked where I lived.  I told him.  He said, “That’s a long way away.  When things settle down in a few days, we’ll get you set up to work remote so you can just stay at home.”

After they picked me up off the floor, I greatly enjoyed the rest of my last late shift for a while.

The assignment changed from a 10 1/2 to 11 hour commitment (counting commute and lunch) 5 days a week to a 8 1/2 hour commitment starting in a few days.  Think about that for a couple minutes.
Is there anything you could ask your boss to let you change about your current job and/or schedule that would make your hours away from work better?  If so, you need to talk to them.

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