I mentioned in a previous post I was taking on a job in Shanghai with a JV, teaching a few hours a week, and creating content.
Turns out my Singaporean boss is an annoying ‘micro manager’, observing all my classes (along with half the middle school’s staff). Constantly calling pointless meetings, and booting me out the office if I’m deemed not necessary to the meeting.
The contract calls for 40 hours work/week, 9-6, with an hour at lunch. No one really takes a full hour, as the office is isolated, and we all eat in the canteen in the basement, then back to work.
At contract signing yesterday I queried whether OT was paid/unpaid - no, it’s not. And they’re also fiddling the books so that I get 5k on the 5th of each month and 15k at the end of each month. So for September I’ll get 5k on October 5th, and the remaining 15k on October 30th - WTF!
Today he says I’ll be taking on another project (with a look in his eyes suggesting OT was involved).
Fuck OT, I want to get this year contract out the way, and move on. If they’re going to piss me around I’ll leave sooner.
He reminds me of a boss I had when I was 20 who was belligerent when I told him I was taking a weekend off - one weekend in a month (2 days out of 31). I told that clown to piss right off, and have never looked back.
I’m going to sit tight for now, but I need to make it clear where I stand on unpaid OT, excessive hours, and being micromanaged. This needs to be done diplomatically, with me or him losing our cool or face.
BTW Shanghai is a pile of shite - overpriced accommodation and air quality that’s given me a painful set of lungs.