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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