Mush, You Dog!

So, my employer has me working nights this week, which usually puts me into a funk that is impossible to escape from. While I am certainly not a morning person, I am most assuredly a day person that can never quite get enough sleep or concentrate when on a night schedule. In other words, I absolutely despise it!

Anyhow, last night I was asked at lunch time if I would stay another 2-3 hours so that we could get a little further ahead on the job (the job was a little behind schedule before I even arrived). I said no for two reasons. The first is that I am already being inconvenienced and having my world turned upside down by being put on a night schedule to begin with, you would think that they would see that as being a “team player” as it is. Nope! They never see it that way.

The second, and most important reason that I said no, is that in the 5 years that I have been working for this company I have made the exact same annual salary every year (give or take $500). Mind you, I am paid by the hour, my pay rate has not always been the same (I was an apprentice for 3 of those years), and I have jumped at overtime opportunities in the past. However, none of this has had any impact on what it says on my W2 at the end of the year, it has remained the same all 5 years (and, trust me, it isn’t very high to begin with).

So, what is my incentive? Why should I inconvenience myself today, when I know that it all becomes a wash in the end? I say no incentive currently exists.

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