4 Ways On-Call Hours Hurt Part Time Employees

Cashier bored because there are no customers. Isolated on white.

Part time retail employees are becoming on call employees because their bosses are cheap. And that’s not good for anyone. | Source: ShutterStock

Lots of people are part-time retail workers only because they can’t find full-time work in their fields. (Thanks, recession!) And now even part-time retail workers are getting shafted by becoming “on-call” workers, who come and go at their bosses’ beck and call. Here’s why that’s not good for employees or employers.

There’s no employee loyalty…
If you basically become a day laborer, you’re going to look elsewhere.

… And employees just feel trapped.
You know that the second you schedule an interview for a new job with normal hours, your boss is going to call you to pick up a shift. And if and when that happens, do you really think you’ll give it your all at work that day? No. Everyone loses in this situation.

Employees have a hard time arranging their own schedules.
Most part-time workers have more than one job or are students. That’s hard to manage when you never know when you’re being called in–especically if you have kids you need to arrange sitters for on top of everything else.

The customer suffers.
If you’re half-assing it, you’re not going to make your customers happy. And then your customers aren’t going to come back. Point that out to your boss next time she wants to send you home in the middle of your shift because it got a little slow. (Or just leave and escape your pants prison for the day and hit up LinkedIn to find a sweeter gig.)

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