The debate is on about the new rules that must be met in order to keep your job as a desk assistant, and its going to be a long one. For those of you who do not know being an RA is not my only job on campus, if it were I would be one broke student. I am also a desk assistant, which is a great job because not only is it flexible, but I can also get homework done while working, SCORE! Because this job is so relaxed there have been some issues in the past. Some of these issues are skipping the biweekly meetings to schedule, skipping work, not trying to find someone to cover for you, not taking the required two shifts a week (is it really that hard?). So the debate is on, these are the new rules:
They are fairly standard and I think easy to obtain. I try to look at this job as if it were a real job anywhere else. I think some college students forget this and act as if this job is “fake” should we say.
So a consideration for probation is being 15 minutes late. Considering our shifts are four hours long this seems a little strict, but would you be late to a different job? No probably not, if you were late at another job you would probably be punished also. It is not just the fact that you are late, it is the fact that you did not let someone know you were going to be late. Most people are willing to stay an extra 15 minutes if it is necessary. There are completely ways around this one. So if you are late and you get on probation, sorry but I think that one was your fault. Missing a scheduling meeting unannounced to our Desk Coordinator is grounds for probation. I think this is 100% fair. Coming into the job you are told that every other week on Sunday there is a scheduling meeting. So every week you should be aware of if you have a meeting or not. There is no reason to miss a pre scheduled meeting, it did not just pop up out of no where. If you need to miss the meeting at least tell your Desk Coordinator so they know. Guests behind the desk; everyone breaks this rule. We are not allowed to have guests behind the desks, which makes sense, but in all honesty if you are doing your job correctly and your guest doesn’t distract you from doing your duties is that wrong? I believe if you can do your job to the ability that you would be able to if there wasn’t a person sitting behind the desk with you why not let them sit there. Four hours can be really boring without a friend.
Being fired is a scary thing. I believe the one rule for termination is a fair rule. Just like the rule of missing a meeting to be put on probation, missing a shift falls into the same category. You know you have to work, no one calls you five minutes before and tells you. We schedule in advance for this reason. If you have a shift at 4am set an alarm, if you don’t wake up for your shift or you go out the night before so your extra tired and you hit snooze to many times. That is clearly your own fault. You know you have to work ahead of time and should set as many alarms as you think necessary to make sure you get up in time. There has never been an incident where I have slept through a shift and I have been working at this job for the past three years. It is your responsibility to get to work on time and at all. Granted if you have to miss a shift, but you try to get someone to cover it that is a whole different category and as it says in the rules is to be determined by your desk coordinator. I have never had someone not pick up a shift that I needed covered. Most people are really good about this.
So what do you guys think? If you actually made it through this whole post, haha. I truly think all of these rules are fair and going into this job you know what your responsibilities are. There are so many kids on campus that want/need jobs and if someone isn’t going to do what they are supposed to, then give the job to someone who will.