As you don't recall, I have had a steady upward trajectory of wage changes over the years. In fact, they have skyrocketed with my time and experience. I used to make 6.6% above minimum wage, now I make 1.5% (4/17/21) I went from 6.6% to 1.5% to 18.1% above minimum wage. (8/8/21) But it gets … Continue reading Is this fair? You be the judge.
Christmas as told in Santa letters
My store has a mailbox that people drop letters to Santa in. I empty it when hopefully no children are around to see. (Even though Gen Z is probably more jaded than I am, sad to say.) The letters run the whole gamut of human experience, everything from wishes for one's departed mother to laundry … Continue reading Christmas as told in Santa letters
Random craps #51: Retail Christmas Edition
One cannot overstate the deleterious effects the holiday season has on a retail worker. Did you know that holiday music has been shown to induce a months-long psychosis (four thousand versions of all I want for Christmas is my heart I gave you last Christmas... God help us all). If you think it's annoying how … Continue reading Random craps #51: Retail Christmas Edition
A sales manager walks into my office and stops. She looks at me. I look at her. She says nothing. I raise my eyebrows. "You know who you look like right now?" she asked. "No. Who?" "Amber Heard. You look like Amber Heard sitting there at your desk." "Oh. Okay." (Was it the dirty look … Continue reading Play nice.
On someone's bad advice, we went shopping at a certain clothing "boutique" to buy a suit for my fiancé. And boy did I encounter some sticker shock as soon as I walked in and made a beeline to a lovely cashmere coat: It's a little blurry, but that's almost twelve thousand dollars. Twelve thousand dollars?! … Continue reading sticker shock
Overused phrases at work I don’t like.
I had no supervision today, and instead of working hard, I made a short list of phrases I hear people at work say all the time. A few of these are pretty universal, others are endemic to my workplace. "In full transparency." As anyone who has ever held a job might expect, this phrase spoken … Continue reading Overused phrases at work I don’t like.
She’s at it again.
Yes, her, who else? (In case you don't know, the chain of command in the department store where I work is that I'm the lowly administrative assistant, my manager is the office/business manager, and her manager, the boss, is the store manager. My manager, for some inexplicable reason, is best friends with the boss. However, … Continue reading She’s at it again.
Meanwhile, at the ant farm…
UPDATE: I totally forgot this part but it perfectly illustrates how the boss thinks of the associates. Let's say she doesn't like "John" (because John probably is over fifty-five and keeps his head down because he's, you know, working). She'll refer to all associates she doesn't like collectively as "the Johns." Isn't that nice? Many … Continue reading Meanwhile, at the ant farm…
Now, I'm supposed to be on a break but I have to share this with you because it's just too funny. During my check-in with my supervisor, she asked me what she could do to help me further my career goals. We are on very friendly terms and have a good rapport, so it's a … Continue reading Aaahahahahahahahaha
Three days before Christmas
Just a self-indulgent blogger life ramble post, comments disabled so you can feel free to skip. I have nothing left to give, I'm bled dry, I can do nothing but whine. I mean this in the gentlest way possible but I don't want your sympathy, I'm no more important than a whoopee cushion... A whoopee … Continue reading Three days before Christmas
We’re overdue for a retail rant!
Howdy! If you're sick of all the Thanksgiving GIF's, enjoy a commercial break by reading a rant from a retail worker during one of the most hellish weeks of the year! It's gonna get ugly. First, can't really report any good news on my editing project. During this time of year in retail, pretty much … Continue reading We’re overdue for a retail rant!
I went from 6.6% to 1.5% to 18.1% above minimum wage.
Oh yes, it's a job rant! And you know who that means! If you don't want to hear about her, go away! If you know my story you might not believe me, but I managed to wrangle a raise out of my boss. Instead of doing yearly reviews, they’re now doing quarterly ones so that … Continue reading I went from 6.6% to 1.5% to 18.1% above minimum wage.
At least work was better for a little while.
Believe it or not, for two whole weeks, I… liked my job. And my boss wasn't even on vacation. Although I wish she were on permanent vacation. For several months now, I’ve been sans direct manager in the office, which puts a heavy burden on me because I have to perform a manager’s job at … Continue reading At least work was better for a little while.
I used to make 6.6% above minimum wage, now I make 1.5%.
I have undergone the yearly job review ceremony, also known as a foregone conclusion. The vast majority of the review is the store’s total results, so everyone basically starts out with a failure. It’s not even worth getting upset about it. I might as well stick my tongue out at my boss's back, as I … Continue reading I used to make 6.6% above minimum wage, now I make 1.5%.
10% off if you strip in public and blame the store.
Sometimes when I’m getting ready for work, I delay going to the bathroom until I get there so I can do it on the clock and waste a couple of minutes before I go to the office. The other morning, I headed to the bathroom, whistling and thinking about ways to avoid my boss and … Continue reading 10% off if you strip in public and blame the store.
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