Sinned wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:18 pm
Moon, I've been on holiday all week and so am more relaxed, not having to deal with customers daily. One of these days I will retire. I don't really need the money, I just love the job but I can't go on working forever and BoJo adding to my tax bill next year may just encourage me to quit work. There are two main things keeping me in work, holiday uncertainties and sharesave. I am in a scheme that matures Dec 2022 in which I save a monthly amount to purchase company shares offered at a fixed bid price which is usually the share price on a particular day less a percentage. If I read the rules correctly, from summer next year I will be able to terminate the scheme and pay, as a lump sum, for the last 6 months of the scheme. I can then take the shares and sell them. Since I will potentially be doubling my money on the sale it is a lucrative scheme to be in. End of the day it's worth in the area of £25k to me. Two years wages at current rates so worth plodding on until next summer.
Well I've been on call since Tuesday morning....
Tuesday, I left home at 730 and got home at 2300.
Got into bed around 0030 Wednesday morning, got called back out at 0230 that morning (two hours of sleep)
Didn't get back home until around 1630, a quick shower and slept from 1700 until about 2000.
Up at 2000, ate, watched a little TV and tried to relay, in the bed by 2230.
Thursday left at 0645 and worked until around 2100 that night, showered ate, watched about half a Star Trek episode
Friday, left at 0730, didn't get back home until 0200 Saturday morning.
Phone went off again at 0730 this morning, but I was able to manage that over the phone, but I've been up ever since then.
That in combination with some other matters going on, have made this week one of the longest and taxing that I've had in a while.
The issue here is (in case you haven't heard) is a severe labor shortage. They say it's because of those extended unemployment benefits, but I heard those ended so I don't really understand what's causing the shortage now.. Nobody can keep any help anymore, and somehow or another it seems everyone is loaded with money all of the time, so they're piling into the hospitality sector (restaurants, hotels, special events, etc) We're actually fully staffed, but for various reasons it's caused an tremendous uptick in work load, particularly after hours
for some reason.
I don't understand, some of these jobs are paying upwards of $20 per hour or more, and even they can't keep help. I don't know what's going on. The cost of virtually everything has went through the roof, rents and home prices are outrageous, utilities are skyrocketing, shelves are always empty of essentials and when they have it, the prices on those have gone up. The bacon we were buying at Walmart went from $4.50 per pound to over $7 per pound over night, so we stopped buying it.
The whole system is just so upside down and jarbled up..
Financially we haven't lived "near the edge" in over a decade, so right now I can easily absorb the runaway inflation for now... for now... and in fairness, the cost of literally everything would have to double before I couldn't make ends meet anymore (currently my entire financial burden is just under half of what my take home pay is... ), so I'm alright for now. But I sure do miss being able to find what I need on the shelf and not paying out the ass for it.
I would be nice to have some cooperative leadership in our nation.. but I'm afraid those days are long behind us.
I hope you all are doing better over yonder.