45 thoughts on “May 12, 2017

    • Well if my boss was telling the truth, it affects the companies bottom line for profit to give out decent hours or decent pay.

      I currently am working 45-50 hours a week due to staff shortage (A full sales floor where I work should have 3 to 4 people but currently I am the only one) and I am hourly so I am making decentish money (not great because it is till only 10 bucks but it was suppose to be part time soooo yeah not great). HR is really mad at me for working so much (I am only suppose to work 20 at most) but when they bring it up, I tell them they need to hire more people if they want the work done. They usually respond that I should be able to get all the work done in 20 hours but then I show them their hand book that states it should be done in 20 hours if 4 people are running the floor. (If not then it needs to be recalculated) Instead they only have me and that if they are really following their own rules then they should be hiring more people.

      That usually then makes them throw a temper tantrum usually saying something around the lines of how “they can’t afford it” and that it would “cut into managers pay”. But at the end they they just kinda grumble and leave me alone since I have everything in writing to say that I got permission from them and my boss to work the extra hours because they contacted me to ask me to do the work in the first place.

      Sorry about the tangent but the tl;dr affects profits of upper management.

      • It’s always nice to quote their own policies and rules when having a discussion with management or HR. Somehow always shortens the conversation and they generally leave very, very frustrated.

      • It does not cut into manager’s pay! It cuts into the CEO’s fat raise for this year! Meanwhile you’re running around trying to do the work of 4 people and customers suffer because there’s not enough people to take care of their needs. I’ve often had to wait at a register to pay because the one employee was trying to get some other work done and running back and forth to the register every time someone needed to check out. In cases like this everything suffers, that one employee is seriously overworked (and under paid) and customers don’t get the service they need.

      • It’s kind of amazing you got it in writing. Usually they just do verbal agreements, then back out of it and find a reason to punish the person for doing what they were told.

        • Many companies have a book of the rules and regs and what is expected of their staff. Too few staff actually read it, so when one does, it plays havoc with HR / Upper management because they can’t get out of it. Some of those rules and regs are state-bound, so they definitely can’t get out of it.

      • I’ve pointed out policy to a manager before. He got angry and started going on a power trip. I heard he got coached instead of me.

  1. Define “good”. I don’t recall that Marla had a struggle making ends meet when she was AM. So, it would appear to be a livable wage. Cooper had troubles, but that was back when he was hourly.

      • Incorrect. Marla’s last statement encapsulates the situation. The work that is available everywhere is scut work for scut pay, but people are taking it anyway because that’s all there is. If Marla were to advertise the position, she’d get a new host of Crystals and Dougs, because people are always looking for work. That doesn’t mean there’s better opportunities out there for people with few qualifications.

        Problem is, even if you’re qualified, companies are looking for folks with 30 years of experience for entry-level jobs with entry-level pay.

    • board worker,
      Marla is not a real person. Marla is a comic strip character.
      You need to define “good’ in terms of the real wages real people are really paid. Where I live, $10 an hour full time is just under break even for one person. And that’s supplementing with the local food bank and buying everything second hand and washing clothes in the bathtub using a toilet plunger and praying every night that the car doesn’t break down and not going anywhere or doing anything or, god forbid, getting sick.

      • You are absolutely correct.
        In the county in which I live, two people working 40 hours a week at $10 could afford a one bedroom apartment. No groceries, no gas money, no phone, no heat. Just a one bedroom unit.
        Now, add to that statistic the fact that the county bus takes TWO HOURS to get from the lower rent district to the business area, AND it doesn’t run on weekends.
        BUT, “they” complain that people are lazy, just want to slink by on welfare, and jobs are available but nobody will take them.
        Would you get a job based on that information? I certainly wouldn’t.

        • At $10 an hour a single person could afford to live by themselves where I live, and there are tons of jobs here at multiple ranges.

          • I get almost $12 an hour, and I’m living in what is probably one of the cheapest apartments in the state, since I can’t afford anywhere else.

            But, it is within walking distance to my work, a Cub Foods, a Target, and a bus line.

            I think it was a miracle that I found such good accommodations that fit both my budget and my life.

      • Jackie, your point would be valid if we were talking about looking for seasonal help. But this is for a full-time AM position, not a $10/hr job.

        • What about what Mina thought about the pay at Grumbels in the earlier strip? I wonder how much it is per hour given that it’s salary.

          • I’m an AM, helping oversee three stores, and I barely make more than the associates…

  2. Years ago I went out on a limb to get a friend a job. He then has the gail lto tell me “I do not get out of bed for less than ten dollars an hour” His landlord kicked him out the following week.

    • I’m guessing Val already knows that if she wants it, it’s hers. But she still doesn’t want it. Same thing with Amber.

  3. But all we’ve seen her doing so far is calling people who applied a year ago, who were interviewed and not hired. Does she think they’ve just been waiting for her to call back all this time?

    • Many people still think that, actually.

      Every now and then, I still get calls from jobs I applied for 2-4 years ago asking me if I’m still interested in the position. I say plain and clearly, “NO. I got a kick-ass job now. You didn’t want me back then, so why would I take your offer NOW, and at LESS money and hours from what I’m already getting?”
      But they don’t get the hint. They keep freaking calling, or having their automatic computers do the work.

      • You are only one example though. There are people who are still looking, for various reasons. Maybe they are looking again. Maybe they took what they could get but that old application is still a better job. You land more in the category of “Thank you for not hiring me!”

        Though yea, Tyler, It would be annoying to get called all the time like that.

  4. Why doesn’t she advertise for an AM rather than going through these old applications? She needs to see people who are interested now not those who may have been interested a year ago. And she rejected them knowing if she didn’t hire one of them she was stuck with Brice. If she didn’t want them then she won’t want them now. Advertise, Marla, and maybe Mina’s ex-AM will come through the door.

    • Stuart doesn’t want her to spend a lot of resources on the search. Honestly I am going to miss Brice. He is such a good antagonist.

      • I hope the new AM will be someone who will work with the cast more than Brice did but still have a different enough outlook to provide conflict in the cast. Brice was good at the start but lately he was starting to get to arrogant.

          • He sure did. He walked in praising Stuart, and jumping on the employees as soon as he met them. Criticized Val for not using a folding board for shirts and Amber for not having a ridiculous goal to get so many sign ups etc. for her shift. He seemed to improve after a while but then went back downhill fast.

    • Advertising costs money. Then you also have to go through the interview process all over again, which cuts into your hours. You start with previous applicants because you have already put in the time to screen them and paid for advertising. No, you aren’t likely to find someone, but if on the off chance you do get a lucky hit, you’ve just saved a ton of time and money.

  5. In 2017 the United States has been at its lowest unemployment rate in over 40 years. (source: Reuters article titled “U.S. jobless claims near 44-year low” dated Mar 2 2017 – http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN1691S9) That’s one reason why she can’t find people for this job. Another is that she’s only calling past applicants, and if I found someone who was still looking for work after a year I likely wouldn’t hire them ‘cos there’s something wrong there. (and I say that as someone who spent 18 months looking for work, about 4 years ago)

    • Not just past applicants, but people she interviewed and decided they weren’t good enough to hire over Stuart’s pick. I’d buy her difficulty a little more if we had seen her actually considering current applicants.

      And I would think the job would at least be posted on Grumbel’s own website. Most big companies have a page for job openings.

    • Just because unemployment is down doesn’t mean that people aren’t looking for better, even if it’s a managerial position.

      @ ams Or even their own site, as my workplace does now (though I got my job through an angency website)

    • calling the still on file applicants may be standard protocol for the company so she is just doing it to say she did.

  6. The resume’s might not be good, but they are employees who exist.

    I love how the employer, it’s okay for them to be picky, but not the employees.

    Also, what stories about people unable to find work? I haven’t heard those stories in a while. The economy has been great lately!

  7. Just a point unimployment hit a 30 year low last year. The job market responded to that with it being nearly impossible to fill low end jobs. My store has been understaffed and looking for workers for over a year instead of post Christmas layoffs.

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