How not to offend your boss…

In Post on October 18, 2009 by BillieHarper Tagged: ,

I’m no stranger to the workforce.  I’ve had several different jobs, with several different types of bosses, and yet, I still can’t quite figure out how to bring up “sensitive” subjects with your boss without offending them.  I mean, how do you talk to them about getting a raise, being scheduled too much, or the fact that you deserve a promotion over someone else?  I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately because of my crazy work schedule.  When I went in today, I saw that my boss had changed my schedule for the week (starting tomorrow) after I’d just checked it last night.  It wasn’t the normal “I’m switching your hours around, it shouldn’t be a problem” kind of change.  It was an “I’m adding ten hours to your already hectic schedule” kind of change.  To say the least, I wasn’t happy.  I’m still getting paid minimum wage, have been working 30 or more hours a week, covering extra shifts when needed, and taking on all the responsibilities of the assistant manager – who refuses to work weekends.  So, I have a problem: how do I bring all this up without going on the offensive and getting angry with her?  I have to admit, I’m never good in socially (or professionally) awkward situations.  I guess that’s why I’m writing this…to kind of…give myself the strength, the courage, to actually sit down with my boss tomorrow morning and bring up all these concerns.  I don’t want her to think that I’m trying to give her an ultimatum or that I’m threatening her, I just want what I feel is rightly deserved.  I’ve put in a lot of hard work, I practically live at my work, and I’m there almost as much as she is, so why am I still getting paid a hell of a lot less than more than a few other people that I work with and who get much better perks than I?  There are people who are allowed to pick and choose when they work, to call in sick and not feel like a complete asshole.  Speaking of sick…I can feel myself getting sick already, I’m a little afraid that I’ve caught the dreaded H1N1 from my mom, and my boss keeps talking about how I “can’t get sick”.  I understand where she’s coming from, we’re short-staffed as it is, but how can I even begin to get feeling better if I’m always working and don’t have time to rest?  Not to mention I have almost no time to do anything else, and I’m in school.  I don’t know how she thinks I can do it all…

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