Monday, June 27, 2011

Things to consider when dealing with a part-timer

Before the article itself, allow me to mention that the recent storm Falcon had hit Metro Manila. Low areas, as usual, were affected. My place of work, Malabon City, is flooded. This is the reason why I didn’t report for work today: my car won’t able to make it through the industrial compound. I heard and saw the news that a tornado hit New Manila yesterday (Friday). Time and time again, at this point, Christians should be reminded of their social responsibility. Our being a Christian doesn’t end with soul winning and fund raising for building projects (which are also very good). The least that we can do is to pray for the affected areas and especially, fellow brethren. If possible and feasible, go to the brethren’s affected area. Remember what the early Christians did to their fellow brethren in Jerusalem when the Jerusalem churches are in need. Stop pointing to those so called “rich Christians” to help them, begin with ourselves. Just a brotherly reminder, guys and gals.

Now, the article itself, when you say a person is working part time in your firm, it means he’s working on a specific number of hours listed on the contract, and it’s STRICTLY less than 8 hours in one day. Normally, it is stipulated in contract how many hours will a person work. In colleges and universities, normally, a part time faculty member is given a maximum of 15 teaching hours a week. If a “part timer” works more than that, the additional TEACHING hours should be compensated depending on the College’s or University’s pay grade (In my case, my recent school were properly given to me. Thank you, sir, for being courteous). Beyond the 15-18 hour teaching job a week, what he or she is doing is considered “charity work” or as Christians put it, “ministry”.

Especially in private firms, what we usually call “part timers” are “abused” for one reason or another, schedule and money wise. After all, these private schools are paying you fat; you need to give them their, well, their money’s worth. On the contrary, professors from the private sector teaching part time in a state colleges and universities is respected even to the point that they respect the person’s schedule. Dr. Lorenzo C. Lorenzo of Philippine Women’s University even mentioned that someone from private sector teaching in a state college or university was treated as if he or she’s doing them a favour. This reality is acceptable.

Part timers are contract basis. If his contract expires, have the basic courtesy to inform the person if his services are no longer needed. Why? So that he’ll figure out what to do...not unless you love to “trip”/

Now, please bear in mind that part timers have other schedules. Hence, they can’t commit in that specific firm full time. How about part timers whose time is flexible plainly because their full time job is, for example, they own or manage a firm? STILL, utmost respect should be given to their schedules, if you are truly intelligent, good, and socially responsible.

Part timers, stick to your schedules. At the end, you’ll serve both your full time work and your part time well. There are people who will not understand. Worst, they’ll treat you a villain for being a “stick to the schedule” guy. Ignore the guilt trip. Always remember that you know yourself better. You don't have to be understood all the time. A person who doesn't dig deeper for the reasons why you can't do certain things indicates the person's shallow character.

For some of the readers familiar with what I‘m saying, this is not to invoke anything. This is to serve as a learning experience to every institution, be it part timers or full timers. I know this may sound “dreamy”, but I hope this serves as a sort-of- reference for students taking up educational or business management. I hope this may serve as a learning reference for aspiring educational leaders and school owners.

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