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Dear Experts, Why do employers hold my life hostage? I am an hourly employee at a company that employs a lot of people to do the same kind of work. So coverage is not an issue if someone is out sick, takes a planned vacation, or an unexpected personal day for death, etc. So why is it that if something comes up in my private life that I want to do, like go to a major league baseball game or concert, I can't ask for the time off on short notice? I think this is stupid! Yesterday, my friend offered me a chance to go see a game, I asked my boss if I could leave 2 hours early and he said no. We had enough staff, everyone showed up that day. So, what's the problem? I don't think it's fair that employers can do this. I could have just said I was sick, faked it and left, but I'm an honest person. Suggestions? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#284 U get time off 4 fun if own biz, have paid dues, r senior. All involve accepting life on life's terms. (@juliaerickson) Q#284 Not privy to all factors in decision. U=no big deal. Mgr=dept to run, goals to meet. Not hostage, employed. (@dawnbugni) Q#284 I understand your point, but you're being paid to do a job. If you don't want to be there, they will find someone else. (@gradversity) Q#284 You gave them permission when you took the job. They're paying you, so how is it holding you hostage? (@beneubanks) Q#284 Professional life does not always allow 4 time off 4 fun during wk day. Employer within rights 2 deny during bus hrs. (@DebraWheatman) Q#284 Requesting last-minute time off is a luxury vs. right. Would not 'assume' ur contributions r absorbable by others. (@ValueIntoWords) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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I have seen business roles defined in ways that confuse many individuals because of the close connections to other positions. These may be the same roles that you have questioned during your professional career.

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