37 thoughts on “February 24, 2017

  1. Management Rule No. 57 Don’t let the employee end up making their own schedule. Tell them they must be available full-time, to cover any and all shifts that might be needed, for their part-time job.

    • Because you have no sense of how people struggle to make ends meet on a minimum wage job with no benefits and having their hours continually cut. Does he have any idea what Donnie’s rent is? How much food costs? What he needs to simply survive? No. He doesn’t think about that. Not for Donnie, not for any of the employees. They’re just cogs in his machine.

  2. Considering how Zucchini head was pressuring Marla to put in more hours… maybe she should pressure Brice to put some oextra salaried hours in the stockroom.

    • Cooper told him to add Donnie to Friday’s schedule to finish the work he and Lunker wouldn’t be able to finish on Thursday night. The other possible solution is for Brice to help them since he’s on salary and having to work 50 hours a week, he might as well work some of them there as anywhere else. But Cooper didn’t suggest that, he doesn’t want to work with him. He’d try to take over since he’s the store AM instead of taking orders from Cooper the stockroom supervisor.

    • That’s a really good idea, and also an example of why Brice is a lousy manager. A good manager would find a solution for the problem rather than blaming it all on an underling.

  3. The sh*t’s about to hit the fan. Donnie can’t be fired simply because his availability changed. And anyone replacing Donnie would still have to be trained. And finally, given the shortage of hours and low pay, any replacement is likely to end up doing the same thing – finding a second job to survive.

    None of this, of course, will even cross Brice’s mind, because management tends to ignore inconvenient facts.

    I’m betting Cooper’s next top is Marla’s office and Brice is about to discover that sheltered expectations rarely survive direct contact with reality.

    However, Donnie is still going to have to deal with Brice, and management also has a tendency to hold grudges.

  4. Why are you the bad guy, Brice?
    Because, even when presented with a solution from the department in question that would solve everyone’s problem and save you the trouble of going without him completely, the interviews and the new hire learning curve, you’d rather fire an employee for not being “flexible” enough, knowing that it’s because your employer doesn’t provide enough.

    The only explanation I can think of is that you want to punish him for what turned out to be a fixable inconvenience. And THAT is bad guy material.

    • You nailed it. He doesn’t even see the issue: Grumbels isn’t scheduling Donnie for the hours he needs, but Brice is mad at him for taking a second job. WTF Brice??

  5. I love how Cooper finds out and immediately and calmly comes up with a solution. No freaking out or worrying just “well then he will need to be scheduled for Friday morning to finish up the shipment.” See how easy it was to work around this Brice?

  6. This comic is SO unrealistic. In reality, he’d fire Donnie AND threaten to, then proceed to, write up Cooper and Lunker for not getting it done.

  7. I fully believe that Brice is an example of the Dilbert Principle in action. Hopefully he becomes a Store Manager at a different store and we only hear about him on occasion. This is why I left retail the schedule was too erratic and as late in going up as they could legally go.

  8. To those saying this is unrealistic and they’d all be fired:

    Brice is still the assistant manager and has no authority to fire anyone. The assistant manager can only fire people because the manager in charge will back them on it.

    Marla would never back Brice on anything. So all he is is a powerless salaried employee with the job to delegate work.

  9. When I first started working Big Box Retail, one of the first things I noticed were the Managers (Store and Department alike) all got their hands dirty. No one was exempt from helping to keep the store stocked with inventory! It was one of the few defining moments where Leadership shined through and the Boss mentality was almost non-existent! Even if you were on the front via Cashier duties, you still helped regardless when there were no customers at your counter.

    My Husbands Store Manager exercises this Leadership Mentality on a regular basis and is one of the main reasons why he continues where he’s at.

    No work should be above anyone no matter the pay grade or position. Everyone should lead by example and do their part in keeping the store running like a well oiled machine. It’s just unfortunate these days that Management has become nothing more than number running, paper pushing, Whip Crackers for the Corporate Body. I get it, it’s about sales and pushing to get the monthly goal beyond what it was last year.

    Richard Branson said it best, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

    • That’s exactly the philosophy I employ on a nursing unit. All jobs on a nursing unit are nursing jobs.

      I’ve had some nurses grumble about doing CNA or secretary work when things are slow. Then they wonder why the CNAs and secretaries love me and will do anything I ask them to do, things they’d never do for these lazy, shiftless grumbling nurses.

      It’s because I treat them decently.

    • I remember working at a big box retailer, and seeing the GM of the store going on cart runs when everyone else was busy. After that, I’d happily do any of the menial jobs he asked me to, because I knew he didnt think he was above doing them himself.

  10. At my old retail job, you did “your” job and that was that. Want to take the initiative and help out another department? Not your job, yet you were expected to do ‘other duties as required’–even if some ‘other duties’ required by law specific training which most of us didn’t have.

    My new place, department managers don’t bat an eyelash if another department needs help or one of us decides to jump in elsewhere because we see they need help. Managers are more than happy to get their own hands dirty and crosstrain anyone who asks.

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