Reminds me of some days at work, coming on for my shift and finding my station stocked and clean and ready for me. I look all around, asking the sous-chef “Is this some kind of a trick? I feel like I’m on one of those hidden camera shows” Because more often than not I walk into a mess that takes a good hour or more to fix up
Story of my life, every Monday morning. When the tills are correct and the store is clean, I just wait for the other shoe to drop. Because there is no way that things are going to be that good all day.
All she has to do is think, ‘What’s in it for him?’ Self-serving motives are all most managers know; altruism is not in an MBA’s vocabulary. It’s always “What’s the payoff?”
I like how Marla is basically telling Stuart that he is not much help and yet he can’t tell. Be on your toes, Ms. Marla
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that his motivation is because a corporate bigwig is coming and Stuart wants to be on hand to get the reward. Wouldn’t it just frost him if the bigwig came and promoted Marla to the same position as Stuart? Or worse, the corporate bigwig didn’t show up and Stuart simply got in the way and made more work for everyone (as usual).
Of course Stuart will keep the credit if the audit goes well, but the only reason he is wanting to help is to keep his behind is on the line for this audit. His boss did say that the audit will reflect on him since he was acting manager for half the year. If his boss did not say that, then he would not have cared as much and can blame Marla if the audit does not go well.
Most stores have a physical inventorey every quarter so it shouldn’t matter about the time Stuart was there. Marla has had time to get things the way she wants them. I took over as manager at my store just before the last audit of the year. It didn’t go well and I wasn’t held accountable. The first of the next year ; however, was all mine. I’m so glad that I was able ( with a good staff) to set things right and put us in the black.
Depends on the store, the drug store I worked for in the mid-late 90′s did their’s quarterly while in the late 90′s Toy’s “R” Us did their’s once a year right around now.
Didn’t Marla do all the work on the previous inventories when Stuart was the manager?
Yes, but he does not see that. he sees that he “managed” and “guided” Marla so that they were successful in the last audit. Also, if the Audit goes well he gets the credit, it fails, he blames Marla.
Every store I ever worked for did inventory once a year. At the big box one we always had help come in from other stores, including managers. If (or when… the 4 years I was there shrink got worse and worse) it was bad, the store manager was held accountable, sure. But also the department managers of the worst-performing departments. S*** rolls downhill and all.
Why do stores bother with inventory, anyway? They force their employees to do pre-counts instead of, you know, their actual job because they hire goon squads who are trained to speed through every little thing to do the one that matters most. Why is this entire process not considered a waste of time?
It’d be a lot easier if Cooper could just keep track of what’s selling and what is being stolen. And if thieves could be treated like a thief in one’s own home – KOed until the cops come. Of course, corporate doesn’t understand either of those, and probably never will. This entire process completely dumbfounds me… and probably always will.
We actually did our own inventories. With small stores it was cheaper and more efficient, as we already were aware of near-identical packaging issues and knew our SKU types. We had to match boxes but did no precounts, had very few recounts and afterward we would get notice of clearance and price drops.
Now recounting the same non-moving/non-leveled 5 items on a weekly cycle count, *that* I never understood.
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