Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I Want So Much More Than They've Got Planned

So in 1 day, 10 hours, and 9 minutes I will start out my roadtrip to head back down to Disney for two weeks of magic and fun!

If you are already a cast member you (hopefully) know that every Sunday,  our schedules are released for the following week. If you're not already a cast member, now you know, too. So this past Sunday, I couldn't wait until my schedule came out for my first week down there... except there wasn't anything on my schedule. Big problem. Later on in the morning, my schedule was updated, but it only had one 6 hour shift on it.

Since the deadline for the 150 hour requirement is September 29, I can't afford to go lax on my hours. Next year I plan on stacking my hours at the beginning of the fiscal year, but last year I was so burnt out from my program initially and then school that it was difficult to get many hours in at first.

Anyways, so what do you do when you need hours but don't have any shifts on your schedule? Part-timers and Full-timers have a bit more flexibility and more options, such as the Additional Hours Sign Up, but we seasonal folk have to be smart about the few options that are available to us.

First of all, contact your leaders and area managers. Talk to them and express that you would like to work extra hours if possible. They're the ones who scheduled you, so it's highly possible that your work location simply doesn't have a great business need for that week. However, communicating with your leaders is always the best thing you can do in any work situation to keep them aware of your needs.

The Extra Hours Hotline (named so because it was once an actual phone hotline but is now just a module online) is a great resource. This allows leaders across property to post if they need extra help that week. This is where you find PAC shifts and is a great way to cross train! However, it is unreliable and you have to be on your game because shifts go quickly!

Finally, contact people you've worked with. Ask around for shifts that someone might want to give away. There are always people who want to play around with their schedule or have a day off- and you never know, you might be helping them out just as much as they're helping you out!

That's it for today! I'm finishing up packing and getting everything all set for the big trip!!


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