Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Today I learned a very valuable lesson about communication. Yesterday, I was told by my supervisor that one of my classes was being cut because of scheduling issues. Since I get paid per class, I was quite upset on the impact that would have on my salary. I simply told her that I might not be able to continue teaching with her organization since it is imperative that I make more money, not less. She is not one to immediately return phone calls or e-mails. So I was left waiting for an answer from her, preparing myself to resign and start searching for another job (a task which I truly detest). This morning when I checked my e-mail, I did receive a note from her saying that she didn't realize that I was able to work more hours and that she would do her best to help me retain the class I was in danger of losing, as well as possibly teach more classes to increase my salary. I now realize that it is my duty to open up my mouth and speak up for myself if I want to get ahead or change an unhappy situation. If you have an understanding boss, then things can and will work out. If not, it's better to know up front so you can decide to make a change if necessary to a more amiable working environment. My job will never be perfect (no job is), but I'm thankful that I said something to effect a change. If I can do it, so can you.