Ask the expert: "I HATE my new schedule"

June 20, 2016
Bash Halow, LVT, CVPM

Bash Halow is a practice consultant and owner of Halow Consulting as well as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, a Licensed Veterinary Technician and (best of all for us) a regular Fetch dvm360 speaker.

A Firstline reader seeks help when her boss wrecks her work schedule, jeopardizing her time off with her retired spouse.

Dear Firstline,

I've worked for the same practice for 25 years. For 22 of those years I worked blocked days on and off. Three years ago, my boss changed me to split days off. His reason: He doesn't get his days off together, so none of his staff does anymore either.

I've tried to negotiate this arrangement, as my husband is retired and we don't get to do things together anymore. My boss said possibly I could have days together every other weekend. I offered to work every Saturday in exchange for having all my days together. My boss' reply was I'm not being flexible enough.

At this point I'm looking for a new job because of this impasse. Do you think there's any way to try and renegotiate? Or has my boss made it clear that he's not going to budge?--Overscheduled

Consultant Bash Halow has heard this number before and has an answer that may go into the "hate it" file, along with that new schedule. Here's his take: