A New Perspective


I always used to think that I was one to stand up for the things I believed in or thought were wrong. But truth be told, I really like to avoid confrontation. Sure, I’ll get really angry and frustrated by certain situations and I *may* run off at the mouth but I don’t really like to get into it with people.

On Wednesday morning, I went into Ell’s daycare and after he was set up with his breakfast, I went in to see the director – who is leaving this week to go back to school – to make sure we were still on track for getting Isaac into the one year old room come mid-April. I put him on the wait list seven months ago and he has priority since Ell is already there. Previously, she let me know it might not be April 15th, maybe a couple weeks after. I was OK with it because his current care-taker said she’d hold him until the end of the month if need be. So I walk in there and she blatantly tells me that she told me August. Um… does this 22 year old girl think I’m THAT stupid? Come now, had she *actually* told me August, I would have been searching for a new place. I was… furious. I told her that she needed to get it worked out because, well, all the stuff I just said. She admitted she didn’t yet have a working April spreadsheet (Um, April is NOT that far away sweetie. Get yer ass on it.) In not so many words, I told her she best get her shit together and I’d be checking in on her soon.

Hoo boy was I angry. And slightly freaking out. So imagine my dismay when I got to work and – God, now I can’t even remember how it got started – I was chatting with a co-worker and the issue of salary came up. So, coupled with my existing money issues and the daycare crisis, I was beyond furious when I found out that two people in the department who are the same job description as myself make more. AND, one of them is getting a raise. And she is sucking at her job! SO, I gathered myself and went to my office to think. I was in that right mood and it was the perfect storm of events. I made up my mind to talk to my office manager about my problems. I shut the door and told her everything about making not enough money and feeling like my co-workers have been dropping the ball lately (I have been picking up A LOT of their slack the past few weeks). I was pleasantly surprised to see that she was on my side and said she’d support me in asking Arts and Sciences for a raise.

Part two of this deal is that I made an appointment to speak with our department chair, who really makes that call in terms of petitioning A&S. That conversation took place yesterday and again, I was surprised. I don’t think he realized a.) the things that TAs were saying about the other employees (i.e. not going to them for answers b/c they just don’t have them, etc.) or b.) my low pay. SO, he said he’d help me get the raise and in the meantime, I have been given clearance to teach two sections per semester. I already teach one on top of my 40 hour a week job; that’s the only reason I can even make bills as it is!

So this just goes to show you have to get tough sometimes. Squeaky wheel gets the oil and all that. My Wednesday was so productive because I was fired up. I even called Dir.ecTV and got our bill lowered. AND I got us out of having to pay a 65 dollar charge to get a regular receiver instead of this POS DVR one.

Let’s just say that the second half of this week has been uplifting and successful. As I stare down 32 (9 days, people. NINE.) I am feeling really good about things. The immediate problem of summer money isn’t yet solved but I am one step closer. And when things even out with the two sections, I will make enough money to not be so tight AND possibly save some. Amazing! I just feel so proud of myself, not to pat my own back. Finally, I have taken steps to improve our situation and they’ve gone in my favor.

Now, I just have to hang in there until the new money starts coming in and cross my fingers that A&S approves the raise. Things are looking up!

Happy Friday, my dear readers. I hope it’s a good one.

7 thoughts on “A New Perspective

  1. That is good news, I hope they see fit to start paying you more. And I’m with you on wanting to avoid confrontation, not something I relish either.

  2. I can’t stand confrontation either and do everything I can to avoid it. Pretty soon I’m going to have to file complaints against my Midget’s therapist and I’m not looking forward to it at all.

    Good for you for standing up for yourself!!

  3. I have no problem letting people that I give my hard earned money to if they’ve pissed me off. You have to! Otherwise, why bother giving them your money? I’ve gotten decreases on bills, free items, spoken with top managers and even gotten someone fired, am I proud of that…not necessarily, but I’ve worked in service for the entire time I’ve been working and the fact is you need to be nice to your customers. They might not always be right – but be an asshole and they can get you in a whirl wind of trouble.

    It goes both ways too, if someone goes above and beyond for me, I make it known to their superiors.

    I’m glad you wrote about the situation, I was curious about it from your confessional. Like I mentioned – I used to be a day care director and it’s a tough job. It’s also a job that requires an INSANE amount of organization and if you don’t have it (like your example) – you’re for sure going to get angry parents. I’m sure you’re not the only one who’s had a poor experience, but I’m guessing at this point she doesn’t care because she’s leaving soon.

    Either way, grats on standing up for yourself! Sounds like you set yourself up for a good weekend!

  4. Yay you! I don’t know who gets paid more than you or is getting a raise (though I can guess), but that’s ridiculous. I am one of the TAs who comes to you for everything because I don’t trust most other people. I’m so glad the department is (finally) acknowledging your worth!

    1. Yes, it’s really rewarding. I mean, I NEVER complain to higher-ups about stuff but I reached my limit. And to boot, The Powers That Be are going to talk to the slackers and try to improve them. So that helps you guys out too!

  5. I have to add something to the squeaky wheel getting the grease thing. It works a lot better when you don’t “squeak” all the time. If you are generally quiet and don’t make waves, when you do speak up those in charge generally assume that it is important and in need of their attention. Picking your battles is just as important as voicing your concerns and it looks like you have a pretty good balance there. 🙂 Congrats on the possible raise!

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