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What do I do about the late hours I'm working for my new job?

Asked by Parrappa (2428points) September 19th, 2010

I’m 16 and just recently got a job at Chick-Fil-A ( It’s a fast food restaurant in case you’re unfamiliar). I’ve only worked there for two weeks but I’ve already settled into a late night schedule of working until about 10:30 and having to close. I usually don’t get home until about 11 because of the ride home and I usually have to stop somewhere for a quick bite to eat.

Because of work, I’ve been going to bed very late at around 12ish and waking up in the morning is the hardest it’s ever been. I find my self dozing off in a lot of classes.

Now I’m kind of in a dilemma here. Part of me knows that work is supposed to be hard and that I’m just experiencing “life” and “the real world” but another part of me knows that school is way more important and that I should do something about the hours I’m working. I plan on working there for a couple more works to see if it will get better, but I doubt it. I overheard the GM telling someone that I’m the “third closer” which is definitely not a position that I want.

I wouldn’t mind closing every now and then, but 3 nights during a 5 day school week is taxing and I don’t know how much more I can endure.

P.S. – I like everything about the job and I don’t want to quit, just the hours sucks.

Any advice on what I should do?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

First thing I would recommend is finding out what the labor laws are for 16 year olds in your area. Some states have laws about how late minors can work and how many hours they have to be off between work and school. Next I would talk to your boss and let them know that while you appreciate the hours, you are finding it difficult to focus on school after working so late and ask them to adjust your schedule.

iamthemob's avatar

Talk to the GM and make sure he knows that you can only close a limited amount of days a week. If you have to change your availability do so.

What you’re doing is not the “real world” right now. Real people don’t work AND go to school full time in most cases. Your job is TOTALLY school right now.

It really depends on how badly you need the job.

chyna's avatar

Exactly what @iamthemob stated, your full time job is school. Ask if you can work Friday nights and Saturdays only or maybe one other night during the week, but not close up the store. Chik-fil-a management surely can work around your school schedule. If not, find a job that closes earlier.

snowberry's avatar

Agreed. The GM needs to get the message that this schedule is not in his-or your best interest. Yours, because you have to do well in school. His, because you are a good employee and he needs to keep you at a schedule so you don’t have to quit. Even if you were doing well in school, this schedule will eventually make you sick. Your body needs more sleep.

sliceswiththings's avatar

School comes first. Your teenage years are the ones when you need sleep the most.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Tell him that you like the work, and want to continue working there, but school comes first, and you cannot close during the week, but are happy to do it on the weekend. Isn’t Chik-fila one of those “Christian family values” employers, like Hobby Lobby, that is closed on Sundays so families can go to church together?

Haleth's avatar

I worked a job with late hours when I was 16; I definitely remember not being able to work late on school nights because of labor laws. Tell your GM that you definitely don’t mind closing, but is it possible to switch days to accommodate your school schedule? Or ask to move to a shift that ends earlier on week nights. Most employers understand that teenagers have to be in school. It’s pretty crazy that these people are making you work late nights on a school night, but you have to talk to them or they won’t know that you’re having trouble.

Trillian's avatar

Statistically speaking, high school kids should not work more than fifteen hours per week, or their grades will start to slip and they will begin to engage in more negaive behaviours.

augustlan's avatar

Your first real “real world” lesson is to learn how to ask for what you need. It’s hard and scary to ask your boss to make changes, but it’s a very, very valuable skill to acquire. One you’ll use again and again, throughout your working life. The trick is to ask in a pleasant, business-like manner. Tell the GM that you enjoy working there, but the late hours are interfering with school. Ask if you can close only on either Fridays or Saturdays, with an earlier shift or two during the week.

Parrappa's avatar

Thanks everyone, I think I’m gonna talk to him sometime this week or next.

augustlan's avatar

@Parrappa Good luck. Keep us posted!

Parrappa's avatar

To anyone who might still care…

I think I’m just going to suck it up. We’ll see where things go grade wise in the next couple of weeks, but I’m getting a lot of hours and not working fridays and saturdays which is awesome. I usually don’t start work until 5 and school ends at 2:15 so it gives me an excuse to actually get my homework/studying done (because I can’t do it after, I get home too late).

Thanks for listening to me bitch and moan though. You guys helped me put a lot of things into perspective, so I thank you for that.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Good luck with it @Parrappa. Learning how to manage your time well is a good byproduct of working that will serve you well in the future.

augustlan's avatar

@Parrappa Thanks for the update! Good luck, and keep us posted.

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