May 29th, 2012

Wish me luck

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I’ve been thinking over the past couple of months, it might be time to look at reducing my hours.

Since I retired, I’ve found new interests outside the job. I only have a few more years with the kids at home before they disappear and I’ve given 33 years to the job.

I still work full 24-hour shifts which means you can;t commit to regular out of hours pursuits, well, not unless you are prepared to miss at least 1 in 4 of the weekly meetings. That means if you pay a subscription for membership, ¬†say to a football team or table tennis club, you immediately throw 25% of your annual fee straight down the drain because you can’t attend the meetings on a late shift or sometimes a night shift as well.

I think it’s about time I did some me and my family stuff, so I’m going to see if I can drop a few days a month and get some more free time.

There are two current thoughts with this. First, they are so short staffed - deliberately so Рthat they may not allow someone to drop shifts because that will leave them shorter. Or second, that they are trying to save so much money that they might welcome the ease at which they could save another few grand off a wage bill.

So, let’s hope the right ethos pertains when I stick my¬†application¬†in!

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12 comments

  1. Oi says:

    Best of luck M8.
    I retired in 2000, took 2 years to wind down and realise that there was, in fact, life after the Police.
    Since then I have driven a forklift for a shipping company, driven a coach, looked after a private forest – and each one was GOOD, as I knew I didnt actually to do it – I did it because I wanted to, knowing I could tell the boss to stick it where the sun dont shine and go find something else.

    Highly recommended.

    May 30th, 2012 at 06:05

  2. Brother Random says:

    Good luck 28

    It might be best to get down to part-time now so that when the security company that buys the contract for your area decides to downsize you all and replace you with a call centre in Bombay, the hit is less painful.

    Good call, good call indeed

    May 30th, 2012 at 09:42

  3. shijuro says:

    Do it man…

    Good luck…

    I always liked your posts… I relate to them more…

    May 30th, 2012 at 10:02

  4. Alpha Tango says:

    Good luck and keep smiling

    May 30th, 2012 at 14:21

  5. annette says:

    good luck.

    May 30th, 2012 at 14:36

  6. Reactively Proactive says:

    Go for it. They won’t give a toss about the numbers left behind and will assume it will ‘just work’. Money saved trumps everything else at the moment. Just think, if they can save a few quid on you, the chief can have the optional upgrade package on his next company jag or BMW and nobody will even notice!

    May 30th, 2012 at 14:37

  7. Tony F says:

    Seems to make sense to me too.

    May 30th, 2012 at 14:41

  8. TEd says:

    Go for it. My strategy when I asked for two months unpaid leave from my job was to make it known round the office that if it was refused I would just resign and go on my trip anyway.

    If they are short staffed an experienced controller for 24hr per week is better than an empty chair. There is some power in the fact they know you don’t need their pay for your mortgage.

    Good luck!

    May 30th, 2012 at 16:08

  9. Gary says:

    Go for it YOU will not regret it. I didn’t.

    May 30th, 2012 at 21:09

  10. Betty Swollox says:

    Only a couple of years left for me ….will I come back ….will I fuck!

    May 31st, 2012 at 11:07

  11. Moppy says:

    I used to work shifts for the AA, the car one. Anyhow, it took me two weeks of sleeping 14 hours a day to get back to normal after 15 years of shifts. I then discovered there was a life out there and the chance to do casual or part time work was heaven.

    Go do it!

    May 31st, 2012 at 18:31

  12. Karen says:

    Go for it!!
    If they don’t agree, hand them your (pre-prepared) resignation. I agree with the person above, that there is very little chance of it being accepted. If it is, stay cheerful and apply for the reduced hours vacancy that will subsequently be advertised!!
    Or, go sign on with an employment agency. With your experience and background you will have no difficulty getting short-term contracts. I went freelance when I couldn’t stand a minute more in local government and it has been bliss.

    June 2nd, 2012 at 15:41

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