On a fairly regular basis I am subjected to a snidy remark such as 'I wish I could work part-time' or even worse 'I wish I could afford to work part-time' the implication being that I'm a lucky so-and-so for working part-time. These remarks come from colleagues I have worked with for many years and really should know better. I have to take a deep breath and not explode.
Since becoming ill my wages have literally halved. This xmas I had to sell stuff on ebay in order to buy presents. So no, I can't afford to work part-time, but I don't have a choice.
Since becoming part-time I've noticed a subtle resentment of part-time workers. When I recently dropped my hours further I found I was expected to do the same amount of work in less time! It was actually more tiring so I've now put them back up again. I've witnessed very experienced part-time workers being given junior jobs to do. My manager today made narky comments about people in the team not being able to take annual leave because I'm not in every day (soooo not true).
Because I'm part-time my career is dead in the water. The chances of a senior part-time position are zilch.
Yes, I know, I'm lucky to even have a job but that's not likely to be the case much longer. There is a high chance I will either be sacked over sick leave or made redundant when our department merges- all the 'new' posts will be full-time.
Goddammitt I wish I could work full-time!
ps: I know I rant a lot but I'm actually a fairly happy positive person
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