I just got hired to fill an accounts receivable position that I’ve been excited for. I just got notified that my husband has chosen to change careers after his Semi-truck’s engine ‘blew up’. This will make it nearly impossible to work weekends, which is one of the requirements. I’ve looked into weekend childcare and can’t find anything. How do I deal with this unexpected complication without ruining my relationship with the company?
Other than finding a new company to work for that doesn't require weekends or speaking to your husband and working things out as a couple, the only thing you can to is to talk to your boss.
Let them know that your situation has changed and that your availability on weekends has been diminished. You should offer to make up any missed weekend days on week days. Hopefully your boss/company is flexible and can help to accommodate for your situation.
Most likely, they will not and you will have to start looking for a new company to work here. This of course assumes that you cannot resolve the situation first with your husband.
You walk into your boss's (virtual) office and say something like
Unfortunately, due to a change in my personal circumstances I am no longer able to work weekends. I appreciate that is a requirement for the position so I am submitting my resignation.
Thank you for hiring me for this position, and I apologise for this change. I'm happy to work what I can until you can fill the position with someone else.
They probably won't be ecstatic, but a reasonable employer will understand that stuff happens and sometime's it's outside your control.
Some possible scenarios:
1. Asking for a few weeks to find a solution:
Can you tell the boss about your current situation, and ask him to give you a few weeks to find a good solution and then, after that, you can return to working on the weekend ? During this time, you ask him to allow you not to work on the weekends.
Or maybe, during this time, you can work a few hours extra onsite in the evening to make up for the time that you will not work on these weekends ? You can try to ask the boss.
Also, is it possible for the boss to ask some of your coworkers to temporarily take over your job on these weekends while you are looking for a long-termed solution ?
2. Working remotely on the weekend for a few weeks:
If your boss allows you to working remotely on the weekend for a few weeks, that will be great. Then, after that, you will go back to working onsite on the weekend. You can ask the boss to find out his preference.