42 thoughts on “February 7, 2017

  1. Gotta love the logic:

    You need to work 10 hrs unpaid to minimize payroll costs

    There is a word for that , it is called slavery.

    • Only difference is that slavery is illegal, while this is not because Marla is collecting a paycheck. I propose they cut CEO bonuses and instead make a law saying that each hour above 40 is paid time and a half, even for salaried employees. (Ideally, it should be above 35, as 40 hours is more than most countries.)

      Also, does anybody know a good recipe for zucchini goulash?

      • That makes zero sense. If you’re a salaried worker you take the good with the bad. Yes Stewart is being ridiculous, but I’m sure if Marla leave 3 hours early for a doctors appointment she’s not giving her salary back. Your argument is not a valid one.

        • Except that it has been established that if she works less than 40 hrs then her pay gets docked. I’m only seeing the bad here.

        • My take is that if you can’t make staffing decisions, including the power to choose *when* to hire and how many, you can’t be exempt from overtime. Being exempt because you’re *called* a “professional” or a “manager” is nonsense.

      • Obama had a law in place to correct that, so that salaried managers who made up to around $47K would be paid overtime for any hours worked over 40. It was set to go into effect on December 1st but a judge blocked it.

    • I actually wouldn’t be shocked if he lives and breathes work. I’ve had bosses like that; they’d regularly work until 10 or 11pm and be mad that other people weren’t as devoted.

      • No, no. He lives and breathes SUPERVISING the work of others for endless hours every day.
        Stuart exemplifies the old saying, “I love work. I can sit and watch it for hours.”

      • Could it be that Stewart loves it so much because (and correct me if I’m wrong) he has no one to go home to? No family, friends, spouse to relax and be human around? Is it possible he gets his kicks from foisting his misery in real life to those beneath him in work/retail life?

  2. Yes, give the company free labor so that we can make more money that we will never, ever share with you, but will help out the bosses bonuses.

    • That was one of the few reasons I actually liked working at the Big Orange Box. When they told you the company was making more money, you really *would* get a small share of it. Although it would cause me to get more irritated when a manager would force me to give a customer an obviously fraudulent return by saying “It’s not your money.” Uhhh, we do profit sharing, so yes, it kind of is!!

      They seriously used to be one of the best companies in the country to work for, but they’re slowly sliding downhill to get closer to other nonsensical, abusive retail employers.

  3. Base your salary on 40-hour weeks.

    Expect you to work at least 50 hours a week to earn it.

    Corporate logic.

    There has to be a better way.

    • There is. It’s called an hourly wage. But that’s money the company has to spend, and that, in turn, means less for the ivory-tower dwellers. So,…. no.

      • When I worked for American Greetings card company as a merchandiser at first we could just work however many hours we needed to to get the job done. It should be within reason of course. But eventually they started limiting our hours and it became impossible to get the work done in that allotted time. I did my best for a year but stuff kept piling up. Added to that, we were not allowed to explain to the store managers that our hours had been cut which prevented us from doing the job properly unless we worked free hours, which I refused to do. They considered that a betrayal simply to tell the truth. We were expected to fall on our sword, to take the blame and promise to do better. After a year of this they cut our hours even further, to about half what they’d been the year before. At that point I quit. My boss offered me another store where I could get the same number of hours I’d had the year before but with double the work! I said no thanks! And why were our hours cut? To give the CEO’s of the company another raise of course!

  4. Marla puts in more work in 43 hours in a week than one of Stuart’s other managers do in fifty. Stuart can’t stand in that makes runs an efficient store and delegates better among her employees than he ever would.

  5. He hasn’t even mentioned Brice and how many hours he’s putting in. Marla should have days off like everyone else and on those days Brice covers for her. So by Stuart’s reasoning if Marla had 2 days off a week like everyone else, she ought to be working 10 hours on the 5 days she works. How does he figure 7 hours less than managers are “supposed” to work constitutes a full day off? I have to wonder not only how many hours he works now but when he was the manager and she the assistant manager, how many hours he worked then. All I remember him doing is sitting in the office and delegating everything to her.

    • Corporate logic. Which means ‘disregard inconvenient facts, ignore real logic, throw compassion and empathy out the window, and focus only on what’s convenient for MEEEEeeeeeeeee!’

  6. And this is why I refuse to work a salaried position. If I’m not paid for every hour I’m at work then I simply won’t be there. If upper management wants me to work over 40 hours in a week they will damn well pay me for it. I’m nobody’s doormat.

    • There are some salaried jobs that are worth it. I work in academia and I’m salaried.

      There are times of the year when I put in more hours. The last week for example, I put in 60 hours because I was needed on campus more to do lab check offs. But next week I will take a day off for professional development, on the college’s dime. Or I’ll go home and work from home because it’s more comfortable and I have no other obligations on campus.

      Retail managers should not be salaried if they’re not able to flex their work hours.

  7. Always wondering how far it will go. I wonder what the straw will be that breaks the camel’s back and pushes Marla out the door to open her own business. I suspect that if it ever does happen, Stuart will be a big part of the equation.

      • No, but he’ll act like it’s a horrible betrayal. I’ve worked so many jobs like that. They push, push, push your buttons, over and over, tick you off in a million ways. Then when you’ve finally had it and turn in your notice, they’re just so shocked — shocked, I tell you!</i. — that you would walk out and betray them so! After all they've done for you!

        Seriously, the script never changes. It's insane.

      • And the store will go downhill in a month with Brice in charge. All the numbers will drop. Because he’s shown he doesn’t have what it takes. Morale will tank and people will leave.

        And since he’s Stuart’s guy, I wonder if Stuart will be able to talk his way out of it.

    • And he won’t realize it.

      Seriously, I think it’s an unwritten rule in management that a “leader” NEVER admits to making a mistake – such as driving away valuable personnel through ridiculous rules.

      She’d just be an ungrateful traitor at that point.

  8. As others here have alluded, if your business model requires all or some of a given resource to be acquired at zero cost in order for your company to be viable, your business model’s not valid.

    It’s literally saying that you can’t stay in business if you have to run everything aboveboard.

  9. Employees on a Fixed Salary

    If an employee’s hours of work change from day to day but his or her weekly pay stays the same, the employee is paid a fixed salary.

    A fixed salary compensates an employee for all non-overtime hours up to and including 44 hours a week. After 44 hours, the employee is entitled to overtime pay.

  10. To be fair, I’m middle management in business and I don’t remember the last time I worked 43 hours. You work until the work is done. And if that means you’re working 50 hours 60 hours 80 hours, you do it.

    • But that’s the point, see? If you can get it done in 50 hours, they figure they can pile on another 20 hours work because why? Say it with me – IT DOESN’T COST THEM ONE SINGLE ADDITIONAL PENNY to do so.

      A couple of years ago I was offered a ‘promotion’ to assistant manager. Why? Because the store’s turnover rate was terrifying. The average duration of a new hire was literally 11 days. That meant a lot of NCNS situations where the ‘reliable’ hourly people had to work overtime. My manager, thinking he was really clever, offered me a promotion to AM, which was a salaried position. I could practically hear the gears turning in his head – if I’d accepted that position, he would have stopped even trying to hire people. I’d be on the clock pretty much 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. And for what? To actually be paid LESS overall. Nope, wasn’t falling for that trap – especially since I’d already seen how his former AM had been treated.

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