Tuesday, July 23, 2013

9/80 schedule

Since I've passed my probation period here at the county, I now get to have a 9/80 schedule. I'm surprised alot of people don't know what that means, but I guess because my father worked in local government for 26 years now, I'm familiar with some of these things. 9/80 means you work 80 hours within 9 days and you get the 10th day off. For me, that means every other Monday. Our county allows you to take Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays, but will make exceptions for other days if you have a good reason like childcare or school. So I got Monday since there are 4 people in our unit so far and it works out so that only 1 person is out for that day on their Flex day. I get the Monday of non-pay week, which is probably good or else I'd go shopping all of the time on payday Friday! What I like about my Mondays off is that I get 3 Mondays off in a row if there is a holiday. That means that for months like Janurary, February, May, September, October, and November, I get 3 day weekends for 3 weeks in a row! It's pretty awesome. July happens to be like that for me since I requested a day off to attend a friend's wedding.

Working a 9/80 is not all puppies and rainbows though. A 9-hour day is pretty long and in our community, people tend to have a different concept of hard work than what I grew up with. My dad did 9/80s since I was 3 years old so I was always used to seeing him only in the evenings since he had a 1 hour commute to downtown LA. My mother was a therapist and also came home in the evenings since she had to do charting and there were sometimes emergencies. Where I live now, people work 7-8 hours. By 5 PM there is no one in my office! I don't like to cheat the taxpayers that pay me so I changed my schedule to be from 7:30 AM- 5 PM. This works out so great because traffic is the lightest at those times for me to commute home 25 miles. Otherwise, it would add an extra 15 minutes to my commute each way and I hate being on the road since for my job I drive between 25-150 miles a day around the area. Adjusting to longer days though is tiring. I find myself going to sleep earlier betwen 9-10 PM instead of 10-11 PM like I used to. I also wake up a little earlier between 5:30- 6:00 AM. It kind of means I have less energy to do things in the evenings, but I get all that time back on my flex day off every other week. Those are the days I schedule my doctor appointments, dry cleaning pick up, dental cleanings, lunch with friends (sounds like a game app!), car repairs, house cleaning, grocery shopping, beauty appointments, etc.

9/80 schedules though probably make the most impact on my clients. It means I can't schedule them every other Monday, but I can schedule them earlier than I used it. Now I make 8:30 AM appointments and I can come into the office at 7:30 AM to prepare and then take a county car to see them. That's always nice. I don't like to use my own car as much as possible. Some neighborhoods are rougher than others and using a county car gives me a little more safety. If my body ever goes missing the map that I print and the car I use will always be where I last was. Though I work days so I don't think I'll get into that problem. Plus we have a rule that we can't go into certain neighborhoods alone or after 3 PM.

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