As has been mentioned, Charlie has been frustrated with his schedule at work for months now. He has only once or twice gotten two days off in a row, they have regularly scheduled him to close the store one day and open the next, he only gets his schedule a week in advance making planning a life next to impossible, and there has been no consistency or predictability at all. Needless to say, it has really been wearing him down a lot.
Wanting to give it one last effort before finding other employment, Charlie went to his manager earlier this month about his concerns and frustrations. Initially he was told, "well, if you want those things, you're in the wrong business." After bringing up the fact that these things had been possible under a previous manager who is no longer there, Charlie was told if he could figure out a way of doing a schedule that the other two Asset Protection guys would like too, that it would be considered. Armed with this information, Charlie talked with his coworkers and found out what it was they wanted in an ideal world. When those requests were all put on paper, he brought it home, and we gave it a quick look. It turns out that it only took about 10-15 minutes to come up with a schedule that met the needs of all three of them. We nicely put it all into a schedule, and Charlie copies of the proposed schedule back to work and gave them to his coworkers and bosses. We then went to praying that the managers would not find fault in the schedule and give excuses why it could not be implemented.
Today at work, Charlie got some great news. They have agreed to at least try out the schedule and see how it works for everyone, and it will go into effect a week from today. Needless to say, the full-time guy is really grateful and excited about the prospects, and Charlie is both thrilled and relieved about the possibility of being able to make plans more than a couple of days in advance. (Sarah is super excited because he is already walking with a lighter step and is in a better mood too.)
We are so thankful to all of the folks who were praying with us that things would turn around for Charlie at work. You are such a blessing in our life.