I work a part time job, so it lends itself to weird hours. It's seasonal, so I don't get overtime pay, and we use a scheduling app like When I Work to get our schedules and check timesheets.
My boss, however, is really bad at scheduling people. Usually, schedules are sent out < 1 week in advance and there's actually been a day where we were asked to come in 2 hours early the next day (that was upper management's fault). In the app, we can also set availability - but there are only three options:
- Set yourself as available for a time period during the day
- Leave yourself "unspecified"
- Request time off (only comes in whole-day blocks)
So, I've been putting in availability around times where I have to be places- ie I was available from 1-closing today.
My boss completely ignores these availabilities and schedules me anyways. I was actually scheduled to work today all day even though I wasn't available. I emailed him and he said I was off the hook, but to please find someone to cover for me.
The problem with all of this is that we are hilariously understaffed, so almost everyone who doesn't have time off is working that day, so it is extremely hard to find a replacement in general.
Another problem we face is hours - due to understaffing, I was actually scheduled to work 62 hours last week, with no rate increase because, as mentioned above, my employer is exempt from overtime laws. Fortunately, we closed early one day and I got another day off.
How can I make it clear to my boss that my availability is set for a reason, and that I do not intend to work absurd hours every week?