Vacation blues…

Scaredatwgu – I was thinking of you and how hard it is to get away for a few days 🙂   Then it occurred to me that I really don’t know just how many hours per week people are devoting to this job.  So using the oh-so-fancy “poll” function, I have created a poll to measure that.  Everyone take some time and give a response.  Remember – your answer is top secret and safe with us, so please be honest 🙂

 

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dan on January 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    LOL yeah I find it funny how they give you vacation yet you end up working during it…I have made it a habit of turning off my computer and my email on my mobile devices on the weekends and holidays….the last thing I need is to be making a phone call or emailing someone while I’m supposed to be off and then give everyone the impression I’m 24/7. They tell you to be flexible and the truth of it is the flexibility ends up messing with your life outside of WGU.

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    • Posted by MAC on January 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      On the flip side, it seems like some of the internal services we need to consult most often close up shop at 5 sharp and don’t have any problems taking vacations. Good luck getting through to records, or financial aid, or learning resources if a student has a problem during those “flexible hours” we are obliged to keep.

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      • Great point! What are the hours for Financial Aid? Does anyone know? Are any departments (other than Student Services) required to have at least one person available during the evenings? I’m be interested in knowing this. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

      • Posted by MAC on January 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        The posted hours for Transfer Evaluations, Records, Financial Aid, and the Bursars office are all 8 AM to 5 PM.

    • Several other mentors have told me that they unplug their phones during their “off” times to try and avoid this very problem. I’m not quite there yet. I have uninstalled WGU email from my phone because I felt pressured to respond to student “emergencies” during my off hours.

      If you haven’t take the “hours worked” poll yet – please go give your vote!

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  2. Posted by Dan on January 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I remember a few months back during a meeting of all the mentors they mentioned that for us to be flexible and be able to work on weekends if we had to….some people that’s the only time they have for family is the weekend but they expect us to log time on the weekend and even evenings now….

    They should be giving us more perks if they are going to have us operating 24/7 around the clock and to expect the SLC people to do the same if we have to.

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    • Posted by wguleaks on September 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      You know, in reading the complaints of Mentors, I see a bad pattern. Mentors have it bad, yes, they are however, the highest paid non-executive staff at WGU and are the second most important focus of every support staff besides students.

      I was hoping the OIG Audit would have turned up something, because they came in, left and then came back again for a second look, that does not seem like a good thing to me, I guess time will tell.

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  3. Posted by Monte on January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    But then they would have to pay you more! They would prefer to work you to do death and get more than there moneys worth. If you haven’t realized yet, WGU doesn’t care one ounce about their employees! We are student focused and so mentors do everything in their power to make it a good experience for the student and suffer as an employee, all along the way.

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    • Posted by wguleaks on September 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Team that with the fact that Mentors, to this day, are being hired on average 50 per month, Enrollment hires around 10+ per month.

      No other staff is hired to match with the exception of Financial aid. Every support department is being left behind as most have the same amount of employees if not less than they did in 2010.

      Have you noticed that your IT Issues, Assessment issues, Learning Resources, Student services questions are taking longer and longer to be resolved?

      It is just going to get worse, because Bob Mendenhall does not like having any sort of in-house support, he wants it all outsourced.

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  4. Posted by MAC on January 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    So for those who answered less than 35 hours, how do you do it? What does your regular work schedule looke like?

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  5. Posted by Justus on January 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    And more than what does your work week look like, what do your numbers look like?

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  6. Posted by wguleaks on September 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    It has been some time since you last posted, are you going to continue this blog?

    Reply

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