When I was growing up, my parents used a lot of different babysitters. Neighbors, friends from church, dungeon masters… they were all invited to babysit the
It was interesting last year when the company I worked for was bought by a much larger company. For the most part we all kept our same jobs but without a doubt, there was a new set of rules to learn. Chief among them was a new rule in our travel policy about booking flights. “All flights booked by travelers are to be direct flights with no connections.” I, for one, was ecstatic (at first)!
Under the old rules, we travelers were forced by policy to book a flight with a connection whenever the flight was $500 cheaper (or more) than the direct flight. That sounds reasonable if you’re the policy maker or the manager trying to save costs, but it’s a horrific sound if you’re the one on the plane. With one connection, the chances of you missing a flight or losing your luggage are suddenly doubled (or tripled if you have two connections). You lose a significant measure of control, and an even more significant chunk of your day. I remember booking a cheap ticket from
Under the new rules, we travelers were forced by policy to always book the direct flight. It was awesome. I could literally go from my desk in
Now, let’s read the “fine print,” shall we? Under the first set of rules (with flight connections), it was also true that our division made it very clear to customers that we ran on a Tuesday to Friday schedule, therefore, we never traveled on Sunday. Mondays were travel days and if it took 8 hours to fly to our destination, it was considered a “normal business day.” Under the new set of rules, our company regularly does business Monday to Friday and we’re expected to fly on Sundays. As such, we’re paid overtime to fly and it is much cheaper to require us travelers to book directly vs. paying us O.T. to spend an entire Sunday in airports across the country.
Personally, I hate flying on Sundays! I sing in church, go fishing, lounge around with my wife, I do NOT want to play “airport” on Sundays. The key to happiness, I think, is a compromise in the middle and for that; you’ll need a flexible boss. I don’t mind flying out on a couple of Sundays (without overtime), if he’s willing to give me a “Free Friday” under the table on a slow week. Likewise, I don’t mind going cheap on a connecting flight if I can book a nicer hotel or have a few nice meals or a movie or something else that might not be expensible. Both, the traveler and his/her “enforcer” need to see both sides of this particular coin!
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