16 thoughts on “February 10, 2017

  1. This time of year?
    Retail workers can’t get time off between Halloween and the end of January because it’s the busy season. So now corporate is setting up a system where hourly workers get their hours (and pay) cut or are unceremoniously dumped (aka “laid off”) and salaried workers can’t take off or even have a life because they are forced to work overtime at no pay doing the work of a person and a half, or maybe two people. Meanwhile the laid off hourly workers aren’t taking “time off”, aka vacation, they are unemployed with no idea how long this is going to last or how long they have to make what money they have last.
    Worse is when corporate tries to evade paying unemployment by falsely accusing laid off workers of “misconduct”
    Did it ever occur to corporate that every employee they mistreat becomes an ex customer and a bad reference for the store?
    I know people who were forced to quit retail because of injuries caused by over-work and inappropriate work. Like lifting and carrying things that were too heavy or standing for long periods of time on concrete floors

    • “Did it ever occur to corporate that every employee they mistreat becomes an ex customer and a bad reference for the store?”

      I’ve often wondered about that myself. Companies care about “Net promoter” scores. Well who will be a more passionate detractor for your company than an employee who was mistreated while they were employed there? A customer is upset over a $20 return so lets give them everything so they don’t bad mouth us online. An employee can’t pay rent because we cut hours? Screw em! Well guess what? That employee will tell everyone that your company is terrible. I’ve personally sent at least 5 people away from SHC for major appliance purchases in the past year. Meanwhile a company like WaWa that actually treated us right as employees I’ve made quite a few new regular customers for.

    • “Did it ever occur to corporate that every employee they mistreat becomes an ex customer and a bad reference for the store?”

      No, because that would mean that employees were human, or at least paid enough to be able to afford to shop at the store.

  2. 3 salaried managers. Meaning herself, Brice and Cooper. What’s going to happen when Marla tells them they will now be working 10 free hours a week? Brice may accept it ok but not Cooper. Looking forward to how this will work out. Cooper may quit.

  3. If you make the assumption of $10 per hour for an hourly (generous I know) The company is only saving $300 per week.

    I suspect that productivity would increase enough to compensate for that hit.

  4. One could also look at it as putting in more work while taking a pay cut. Regardless, it doesn’t inspire any loyalty to the company. We already know corporate did the math and decided to forgo the sales increase from their employees in favor of lower wages. It’s what keeps stores like Dollar General in business.

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