I was promoted last week. I am now the new Associate Support Department Supervisor. It’s a big name; it comes with a new office, one with four real walls. The position brings more influence and responsibility. A complementary rise was even included with the package.
I should be excited about this, but I am not! I am dreading it.
I am being transferred to another store. I have a new boss, who is very driven to say the least. At the interview, I felt like I had made my religious convictions clear. This week he had his Associate Coordinator send me an e-mail asking me to work on the Sabbath. My reply was clear with few explanations.
I received a follow up e-mail from the Store manager, my new boss, entitled: Expectations. In the e-mail there was a section dedicated to working a schedule that mirrors his personal work schedule.
Troubled and ready to lose my job, I replied boldly.
Good Morning Xee,
Thank you, for setting the expectations. I appreciate that you are being
straight forward with me.
I too, must be straight with you. I am willing to work hard for you. I
will strive to meet all of your expectations. I will even work crazy
schedules. But there is one thing you must know, I am a Seventh-day
Adventist. I believe that from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday is
the Sabbath. This is a day that we are called to worship our Creator, to
spend time with family, and to rest. We are called to leave all worldly
labors behind on this day.
I appreciate the opportunity you are providing me with. I am excited to
fill this new position. However, I am not willing to sacrifice my
religious convictions in exchange for a rise, an office, power, or
anything else for that matter.
I hope that you will be willing to accommodate my religious beliefs. If
this isn't acceptable, regretfully, I will have to decline your offer.
His response was unexpected; he said that I was fine. He told me that we would be able to work something out. Relieved momentary, this might be a turning point, for such a time as this.