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May 29, 2007

Workplace Issues- Keeping Track of Pay

Hello Readers!

As you might already know, private English language schools can be extremely busy places. Teachers come and go, and students often enroll on a daily basis. It's no wonder then that managers sometimes make...

...mistakes with your pay. Mistakes? But managers don't make mistakes, you might exclaim. Oh, yes they do. However, it's not always entirely their fault. In fact, it could be yours. Remember that time you swapped a class with Teacher X and agreed to deal with the pay yourselves? Did you remember to do that or did it slip your mind? Remember the time you agreed at the last minute to stay for an extra hour to cover a class for another teacher who fell ill? Did you remember to put it down in writing somewhere?

These kinds of things happen on a regular basis in many private English language schools. So protect yourself by adopting one or more of these methods:

1. Keep track of your hours in a planner. Include time and name of class. If you are covering for someone who is ill, you might also want to include that teacher's name or note that the teacher was ill.
2. Calculate the total at the end of the week and the end of the month.
3. Find out what the pay schedule is at your school.
4. Double-check your pay slips with your calculations.
5. Keep your pay slips.
6. If there are any inconsistencies, make sure you alert your manager to it immediately so that they can reconcile the situation. Use your records as evidence.
7. Remember that mistakes do happen and try not to place blame.

If you have any other tips for teachers regarding their pay, feel free to post your comments below.

Hope this helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for more articles that focus on workplace issues specific to ESL? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at May 29, 2007 09:05 AM

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