How do you deal with family and being forced to work holidays?

I started a new job. I interviewed for a position but for some reason they promoted internally and on my first day I found out I was starting in a lesser position at reduced pay. They claim I misunderstood the offer so there was nothing I could do except to quit a job on my first day and not have a job.

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I started a new job. I interviewed for a position but for some reason they promoted internally and on my first day I found out I was starting in a lesser position at reduced pay. They claim I misunderstood the offer so there was nothing I could do except to quit a job on my first day and not have a job.

The problem is now I'm required to work every weekend and every holiday. Nothing I can do about it, I don't get a choice, it's either work as scheduled or get fired. Due to the nature of the business, contracts and or other agreements, somebody has to be there 24 hours, 7 days a week. Because I'm so new, I haven't completed all my training yet so I don't fully understand why everything is the way it is or how everything works.

The company makes everything sound good and my family said I didn't give a crap about them, I only cared about my job. I figured it out and with my low wages, I get maybe an extra $20 on my paycheck for working Christmas, totally not worth it, but what I had a difficult time explaining is that I was basically "forced" to work Christmas. How do I explain this?

Other answer:

Jeff:
Let's start with your first comment – companies almost always try to promote from within – employees lose morale when they put out effort for a company only to see someone else get the job they applied for (and wanted). Next, the lower man on the totem pole will almost always pull the worst shifts and be the one required to work holidays – again, companies reward employees who stay at the company (stay long enough and you will no longer be the low man).

As for your family, you simply say that your employer requires you to work the hours your are scheduled or lose your job. It has nothing to do with valuing your job over them, it is just the way it is and that your option is unemployment and no paycheck.

Invictus:
There are countless companies and jobs requiring employees to work even on holidays (Christmas included). If this is not what you want, you should look for job options where you are not required to work during holidays.
JenKay:
I'd be looking for a job.

Still – what's wrong with your family? "Hey, I have to work. It sucks, but that's the way it is." If they complain, walk away.

diamondcollector:
well, your family would also be bitching if you were unemployed, so can't win fer losin'.

also,your family should understand that new employees don't get the day off.

J:
Sounds like you need a new job brah
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