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    Mar 5, 2014, 12:41 AM
    Company-wide hours reduction
    I would like to ask about how to navigate through a compamy-wide temporary hours reduction for a construction company. Because of the weather, the company was forced to reduce all staff to 35 hrs per week. There is lots of work ut the ground is just frozen. The HR Manager even said that there were other options that they didn't consider. This company is a private company, so I feel that something is not right. He stated that there are issues in the company with access to managerial accounting information. Just last week we had a company lunch to celebrate all the hard work. I have no problem staying through this but I'm not sure if they deserve that kind of patience from me. At what point do I consider reality and my wife and children over this so called corporate family of mine??
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    Mar 5, 2014, 01:22 AM
    What is there to "navigate" though. They tell you when to work, my son is in the construction business and has only worked about 10 hours in the last 5 weeks due to weather in the midwest.

    It appears the office staff is not remembering that there is no income if no one is working in the field. So of course they will reduce office staff. Some will even shut offices for a week, except for one or two people, when this happens.

    If you are still getting 35 hours a week, that is lucky in construction business during some winter months
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    Mar 5, 2014, 05:35 AM
    You posted this in the ethics forum so I'm not sure what you are asking. Are you asking how much loyalty you owe to a company? If so, your first loyalty is to yourself and family. If you feel you can find a better job, then go for it. Like Chuck, I'm puzzled by the question about navigating.
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    Mar 5, 2014, 05:50 AM
    What I meant by navigate is should I stick it out or find employment elsewhere? I psted this in wthics because I would like to know what is the most ethical thing to do. I don't want to let people down and out thrm in a position but I need to pay the bills as my wife doesn't work many days at her employer.
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    Mar 5, 2014, 05:54 AM
    Unless you are under an employment contract that requires you stay with the company for a period, you are under no obligation, legal or ethical, to stay with them. You may feel some loyalty for other reasons and that's something you need to resolve personally, no one can advise you on that. But, as I said, your first loyalty is to yourself and family.

    On the other hand, the economy is not great and you do take a risk in switching jobs.
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    Mar 5, 2014, 07:01 AM
    And of course always an option of finding additional part time work

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