Can't find any time
October 11, 2007 2:29 PM Subscribe
Is my employer being unreasonable by taking too much of my personal time? What can I do about it? It is impacting my health and personal life.
posted by |n$eCur3 to work & money (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I should first state that I really like the work I do. I also like my managers, in general. I work maybe 45 hours per week. In my last review, my boss suggested that I consider taking some tech writing courses on his dime. I agreed.
I signed up for a program that requires about 15-20 hours per week to keep up, in the form of night courses "designed" for working people.
Two weeks into the program, I am overwhelmed. I haven't slept, have been spending every week night either doing course work or spending time in class. My work is suffering and my weekends are shot with homework.
I went to HR who said, sorry but they could not offer any time off to complete school work. Clients are important and so on. I talked to my manager, who said, sorry but all I can offer is that you can do some course work in the office during down time (of which there is very little).
Are they being unreasonable? I think I agreed to more than I can handle, so that part is my fault. I thought I could do it. It will look very bad if I quit school, since the money has been spent -- I also feel that I would be letting my boss down.
What now? How can I save myself and somehow make them see this in a positive light?