I am getting an offer for a project in my own company. I kept my terms and conditions before accepting it. My terms and conditions involved taking my wife with me during the onsite visit to a foreign country for which they have not completely agreed. One of the manager on day 1 of discussion told me its not possible as it has budget issues to which I said I can't go. On day 2 of discussion second manager told me that it can be done. But did not provided any written commitment/confirmation.
Now, on day 3, I am getting an email saying,
"Please provide your acceptance that you are ready to work on weekends as well as on holidays if required so that we can move ahead."
I have worked on an earlier project and have seen how miserable this can go. I have worked around 4 months straight without any holiday so I think there can be a similar situation here. Also, I have not received any commitment from their end on my concerns.
I am thinking to respond to this email like this -
I am okay with working on weekends unless it affects my work-life balance. Also, I want a written commitment that my concerns will be taken care by you.
Please let me know if this is the right way to respond? Should I add more details to it? Is it the right thing I am doing? I already have a project to work upon so I am fine if they do not consider me. Let me know if I need to add more details to my question.
I did follow the advice's and sent an email stating the following points -
- Have clarified that I can be available for max 2 weekends each month in case of any critical requirement and compensation in terms of pay or additional leaves should be granted.
- Have asked to arrange my spouse's travel.
I did mentioned the nasty things I went through in the last project where I worked several months including weekends without any agreement like this.
This may not work, but I kept my concerns and that's fine with me and I am satisfied.