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post #1 of 12 Old 12-23-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Forming an email to my boss

-deep breath-
It's time to be a big girl and ask for more hours. I've been with my current job for three years and normally get one or two shifts a week. Well... with the next semester one girl can no longer work ANY weekday shifts and two other girls have to cut down to two-three days a week SO with my new increased availability I should be an obvious choice. Unfortunately my boss is a little all over the place so I have to put that idea in his head first. No more passive me waiting to see what I get and who they hire next to pick up the slack, HELLO there's somebody right here who's available to work.

Anyway, I'm really hoping to get at least three shifts a week this semester. I have Saturdays secured so woo, two more. That way I can be putting at least $225 into savings a month, plus savings for shows and all my other expenses budgeted.

Now to get over the anxiety and... send the email.
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-23-2012, 09:49 PM
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Why is it a big deal? If I ever wanted more hours, I just walked up to the boss and asked if more hours were available?

Wish you luck!
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It's only a big deal because I'm a complete baby when it comes to talking to 'authority' figures.
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post #4 of 12 Old 12-23-2012, 09:59 PM
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Ahh. Haha. Well my dear, you're probably the reason I always got more hours; no one else would say they want them! Haha. Hopefully you get your hours, and can learn to be a little less of a baby. =P
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Hopefully! I need to man up before I'm going to need to find another job. They're putting a major chain coffee shop in next door to the little-chain over-priced coffee shop I work in soooo get them while I can.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-23-2012, 10:04 PM
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Think of this like the first time you cantered on your horse -- There was probably some trepidation but once you were in the gait, you discovered it was pretty easy to do. Best of luck!
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Haha, indeed!
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-23-2012, 10:57 PM
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Do you put in time off sheets? Because when I want more hours, I put in a time off request with a "time on" request - I'd like 30 or more hours a week, whatever. Sometimes, I just talk to my boss and ask him if that doesn't work. Of course, my boss is super un-intimidating - I intimidate HIM. He lacks social skills and just bobs his head, never gets mad, tends to stay away from people.

You gotta just force yourself to ask. Formulate what you wanna say and how you wanna say it in your head BEFORE you talk to your boss. That helps me. Plus, most bosses are happy to hear that you want more hours when you're short. That means the business runs smoother.

Good luck! It gets easier, promise!

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-24-2012, 09:29 AM
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Email is the worst way to communicate with the boss.

Ask him for a few minutes and then sit down and talk to him.

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post #10 of 12 Old 12-24-2012, 09:36 AM
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put your big girl britches on, and just say you would be really happy to have more hours. Maybe your timidness is carrying over into your job performance and is the reason you arnt getting more hours to begin with. An email is a terrible way to ask a short specific question.
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