Sep 15

Sat '12

Evening Retirement

For the past 8 years, I have worked the Friday evening shift at work. When I first started serving, I was 16, therefore I was still in school and started training on the evening shifts. As I got older and graduated high school and college, I started working more morning shifts. But I still had the Friday night shift. Just in case you didn’t know, I work in a breakfast restaurant, so the morning shifts are the ones that everyone wants. They are always busier than the nights.

Honestly, I am lucky to have such great shifts every week. Except one: The Friday night shift. You would think a Friday night would be busy at any restaurant, but not at a breakfast joint. On an average morning shift, I sell anywhere from $600-$1500 in food and drink sales. On Friday evenings, it would be weird if I had sales over the $300 mark. The evenings are dreadful. They are so slow and boring. I’ve had enough. There are other girls working at the restaurant who would love a night shift. Ugh. I am so over them. I remember the time when I longed for them. I have grown up since then. I am a 25 year old married woman with a mortgage and responsibilities. We might even start a family soon. It really is a waste of time for me to spend my night standing around waiting for non-existent customers to come in. Honestly, I used to go to work every Friday hating every minute of it. I would be jealous of all the girls who worked the mornings and got to have the rest of their Friday night off. It was so stupid of me and it would stress me out.

So I went in to my manager a couple weeks ago and asked if I could “retire” from the Friday night shifts. He was totally open to the idea. It really made me wish I had asked earlier. My regular morning shifts (Saturday-Tuesday) are pretty well set in stone and I am not worried about those being taken away from me. My only fear is that my manager might put me on an additional night (Wednesday or Thursday) because I don’t want to work Friday nights anymore. I would be so disappointed if I finally got to “retire” from Friday nights and then he put me on another night. :unsure: I hope he understood that I meant I wanted to stop working night shifts altogether.

So as of the last 2 weeks, I have worked Friday morning instead of the night. It has been WONDERFUL! I didn’t take the shift away from anyone because the person who was working it went back to University. No harm, no foul. I am enjoying my 5 morning shifts a week and hope that it keeps up 🙂 I guess I’ll see in the next few weeks with the scheduling!

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3 Responses to “Evening Retirement”

  • Denchi —
    September 15, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    That’s wonderful that you finally “retired” from Friday night shifts! It’s lovely to hear that your morning shifts are enjoyable, and that you went and asked for what you wanted. Here’s hoping that the morning shifts keep up! =)

  • Charity
    September 15, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Ack – morning shifts were the slow shifts when I worked the bookstore and I loved that. I have never liked busy shifts when I have to be on my feet. LOL

    Glad you got to get away from the evening shifts – hope they don’t put you on the nights you don’t want anymore!

  • Cathrine
    September 16, 2012 @ 3:23 am

    That’s great to hear! It’s so important to enjoy work, I hope you get to keep your morning shifts 🙂

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