Things are going badly at work. The store I teach at is moving. It shouldn't have been an issue. We're moving a few doors down in the same plaza, so no distance issue. And the teachers were hearing whispers of a move in October. If that's when it was getting to us, it's a safe bet the management knew even earlier. So, you'd think that would be plenty of time to sort things out in the new location, if management had gotten right on top of signing the new lease and getting permits for construction.
We have to be out on Monday. We have no permits, so no lesson rooms have been constructed in the new place. Apparently, there's some issue with the people who previously held the lease, so now even if we did have rooms, we couldn't move in. That store's been out of the shopping center for over a year. So why are we just learning this now? Who knows! But, long story short, we have to be out. It'll be probably another month before we have an adequate facility to teach in.
So, what's the solution?
The lease issue is largely the landlord's fault, because the hang up with the closing was between the landlord and the store that was previously there. Nothing to do with us. So, the landlord has granted us access to three empty stores on the other end of the plaza. Big. Whoop. We still have no lesson rooms. Management's solution? Oh! We'll make "rooms" out of short cubicle partitions that don't even reach eye level and stacked boxes!
If this was an office job, fine. Whatever. We could manage.
But these are music lessons. Without actual rooms, there's no barrier to keep out the noise from all the other lessons going on throughout the store. So I'll be teaching piano, and trying to talk to students. Except, we'll have to contend with hearing numerous other lessons going on around us. Plus, we're not all in the same building. I have students who are learning two instruments, so have a lesson with another teacher right before their lesson with me. But I'm in a different building than their other teacher. So instead of walking across the hall, they're going to have to run between buildings to get to their next lesson. And there are going to be siblings taking lessons in different buildings, which is a hassle for parents.
And to make things more complicated, there are teachers who are just refusing to deal with this. For the month of February, they're having students go to their houses or a space they've rented elsewhere. Which, fine. I understand why that option sounds better to them. But I have a student whose brother usually takes lessons at the same time as him. His brother's teacher is teaching out of her house in February. His mom can't get him to me and his brother to the other teacher at the same time if we're teaching in totally different locations. I have three students in a situation like this.
And it's really stressing me out, because if we can't work this out, it means I'm losing income for the month. I don't fault students who don't want to deal with this mess. If I were their parents, I wouldn't want to spend my money on lessons in a totally inadequate facility. I totally understand. But that doesn't change the fact that it means I'll be losing income that I expected to have.
Plus, is management talking to parents about this, since they're the ones orchestrating all of this? Nope! That falls to the teachers, who have no control over the situation. So who's going to get yelled at by parents who are frustrated about inadequate facilities, or angry because I can't schedule make-ups for missed lessons until March, because we have no leeway in terms of space? Me. The teachers are going to be the ones getting the brunt of all the confusion, anger, frustration, etc.
It's just not a good situation. And I found out all of this yesterday. We're starting lessons in this ridiculous new set-up Monday. So it's not like we have any time to really talk about this and figure things out with families with multiple kids or students taking lessons with multiple teachers. This was kind of dumped on us at the last minute. And this is right after Thursday, when management told us that there was a hang-up, but the landlord was going to let us stay in our current location for a bit longer, so there was nothing to worry about. I literally went from being told not to worry because everything was fine to coming in to a complete mess the very next day.
I'm incredibly stressed and unhappy about it.
So, I'm in a rather foul mood. My dad asked what was wrong. And then he insinuated that I'm just being a primma donna and the only reason I'm unhappy about a cubicle is the smaller space. That's not it! If we had real rooms, but my room was a bit smaller than what I used to have? Fine! Whatever. That's not a problem. The issue is that this kind of set-up isn't adequate for music lessons. Plus, we're switching to mostly electric keyboards for now, because logistically acoustics just won't work in this set-up. But, these buildings used to be a Subway and a Sleepy's. So how is this going to work? It's not like there are tons of outlets all over the place. How are we going to work this out with guitars that need amps and keyboards that need to be plugged in? Are we just going to have tons of extension chords all over the place? Or what?
My issue isn't about size. It's not that the new space isn't luxurious enough. It's that the space just isn't adequate for what we need. And that we were given literally no notice. And that I'm definitely going to be losing at least some of my students for the month--perhaps permanently. And that management isn't helping us talk to people and is just leaving us on our own to deal with unhappy people when we had nothing to do with setting this up and frankly don't know enough about how this is going to work to answer any questions they might have.
The situation's stressing me out. And it makes me crazy that my family has to minimize my problems and act like I'm being totally unreasonable for being stressed. My dad complains at me about his job. I don't tell him to shut up and deal with it. My sister complains at me about her job. I don't tell her to shut up and deal with it. But apparently everyone else is allowed to be unhappy with their jobs, but the moment an issue comes up with mine, it's a non-issue, I'm just being whiny, and I should suck it up.