I’ve been working in a retail job for just over a month and realized it and the company are not for me. On Wednesday I therefore gave my notice, orally first to my manager and in writing to the company’s director that same evening. (Two days later, I forwarded that email to my manager, who had taken the day in between off, prefacing it with “As we had discussed on Wednesday.”) My notice period is one week.
I am due to go on holiday on 10th July. My manager asked me if I was happy to work beyond my notice period until then. I said, “Yes but with reduced hours.” (I did include this in the email.)
According to the rota he had made well before I gave my notice, I was supposed to be off work on Monday and Tuesday, and at work on Wednesday, my last “notice” day.
Yesterday, I told him I needed the Friday and Saturday afternoon off (post-notice). Because I had made it clear I could only do reduced hours, I assumed it was not an issue. However, what he has done (without being clear—I found out by looking at the rota on the shop’s computer—he didn’t email it to us directly) is making me work on my day off on Tuesday, giving me Friday off, and still making me work a full 40 hours in the Sunday-Saturday company week. This despite the fact that I clearly said I was going to do reduced hours.
What is my recourse? It’s not my problem if the company is short-staffed, and I feel made fun of, after I clearly said I was not going to work full-time and he said “OK.”
I am tempted to email him saying “Circumstances have changed and I can’t work after Wednesday.” And I’ll simply work through my notice period which ends on Wednesday.