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18th-Jan-2007 10:24 am
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Okay. Yesterday was pretty bad. It sucks to work in retail. Since the holidays are over the store wants to "recooperate" and save money so, they cut many of the seasonal workers and they're reducing everyone else's hours. Of course the specialists and the team leaders are guaranteed at least 32hrs. a week, but it's hard for us to do our own jobs and our workers' jobs!

I need at least two workers in the morning and another one to come in the early afternoon, that doesn't even include my cake decorators. How the fuck am I supposed to manage the bakery (I work at a Super Target) with only one worker? Yesterday an executive got upset with me because she asked me if I could make some pies for an end-cap and I told her that I would try. The trick got upset and in a demanding tone she told me, "I need you to make some pies for this end-cap." I just continued to do what I was doing. My worker felt bad for me and decided to fix the end-cap so it wouldn't look so empty. That really upset me, this exec. has never spoken to me like that. She must've had a bad day.

I never did those pies either...hell, I didn't even finish my own damn job.

Yeah, the pies are my responsibility, but I'm supposed to make sure one of my workers do it, I wasn't about to ask my only worker to make some pies when she had several food items to wrap and put out and she had to do some work that involves going into the freezer (the same place where I hurt my back), and she's probably in her 60s or 70s! She's damn good, but I wasn't going to make her do all of that shit.

Yesterday, I also had to finish what I was supposed to finish the day before. I'm behind because I have to do two jobs. Bah! I told my exec. about this working for two people shit and he made it seem as if he's not gonna do anything about it! It's your fuckin' bakery, you bitch! Do something or else you'll be short of a baker!

They expect us to be superhuman, I mean, yeah, some of us are pretty damn close, but give us a break! I went to bed with bad thoughts about this job, I even woke up from my sleep because a horrible thought seeped into my mind. I began to cry and I had tremors. Today, I'm off and I'm contemplating putting in my two-weeks notice tomorrow when I go back to work. My team leader should come in the morning and I will be alone with her...good. We're gonna have to talk about this.

I did plan on staying another year and a half, and then I thought about staying another 2 or 3mos. Bump that, I may stay only 2-3weeks. There's a nearby company that's hiring...I'll go check them out.
18th-Jan-2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
I hear ya so much on this post! My bakery (at Kroger grocery store) has the same problem. We're so shortstaffed it's frustrating. I'm the closer, so it's irritating because they'll give me a list of stuff to do and I'm thinking, "um...don't you realize that you gave me all of this stuff to do and I have to work alone and I have to wait on customers (we're also a deli) and I have to close?" This job would be tolerable if I didn't have to work alone so much. How many people total work in your bakery?
18th-Jan-2007 04:56 pm (UTC)

Before I became the baker they had me closing by myself, too and I had to go back and forth from the bakery to the deli, so I feel ya. What the hell do these people expect from us?! Do they not comprehend the fact that we're merely human?! We deserve gold medals or something (lol).
18th-Jan-2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
We have 5 people in our bakery/deli, but our grocery store is fairly small as far as grocery stores go. Nevertheless, I think we need 2 - 3 more people. Only one or two people right now know how to fully decorate cakes, I think. And forget a gold medal- how about a raise, lol (I make $7.20)
18th-Jan-2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Girl, hell yeah! lol
20th-Jan-2007 12:12 am (UTC)
i agree with everything you wrote.

is there anyone higher up the chain of command you can talk to about what's going on before you quit? is there a human resources?
20th-Jan-2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, we have a human resources thingy...
HR won't really help me with this since it was the corporation's plan to schedule less hours and use less workers. Quite a few of us are really mad and we're complainin' to high heaven about it! My team leader got our executive to work and help us out! lol And he should!
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