Yeah, like I’ve never done this before…
I’ve always felt that people should be paid based on the quality of their work AND the time they put into it. Bonuses should be given under circumstance in which the person goes a) above the normal quality to produce something truly nifty or b) puts in so much time into a project that you can tell their devotion to the work. I’ve done both of these things over the past two weeks. I’ve worked my ass off. I’ve come in early, had all the equipment ready to go, kept track of everything and worked long hours to get everything done. The first week I was working from 6am till 8pm nearly every night. I was carrying very heavy loads, setting up equipment quickly and generally keeping everything running smoothly. I worked Monday, a day that I normally have off, without so much as a thank-you. The next Monday, yup, I was working again. This time I was on the road to the pageant. That following week I worked all day, every day. If we weren’t shooting, I was at the booth selling crap, if we weren’t there I was printing souvenir pages or making buttons or something else retarded. I was up until 1:30-2am everything night that week working on stuff. I consider that MAJOR overtime. This past Monday, yup, you guessed it, we were on the road back home. I’ve worked 3 Mondays in a row. That, right there, is 24 hours of overtime.
Now, you may think I’m being ungrateful, but when I saw that my pay check deposit for these two weeks was only my normal amount, my heart sunk.
They’ve never mentioned anything about any bonus, but at the very least, I deserve to get paid for the overtime I worked. The boss who’s in charge of the money isn’t in today, but you can bet your sweet ass that if she doesn’t have a bonus check in her hand the next time I see her I’m going to have a little chat with her about it.
I’m not trying to seem money-hungry or anything, I just want to be paid fairly. I think I deserve it. I’ve worked my ass off around here and I’m not exactly feeling appreciated at the moment.