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☠ dustball jin ☠ remember when we used to shine

stand up for myself (read all 17 entries…)

I’m a bit pissed (I don’t like that word, is there a non-urological equivalent that conveys the same strength and provides the same expeditive-delivery/satisfactory-sound ratio ?) ; I’m pissed because of my bosses mainly. I am to be in the little desert-of-a-shop the whole week while they put me there all of last week already and not only that, I am to be there all of next week.

On the one hand I blame myself because I’m sure my often being kind of late has something to do with that decision ; on the other hand I find it very unfair because I think I’m a serious employee and 75% of my coworkers don’t do $#!+. Hell, most of them leave one hour before the official closing time, some take one or two hour diner breaks plus one hour’s worth of cigarette breaks, not to mention all the time they spend running around the other boutiques to chat with other coworkers and all the time they spend on the phone. So they spend what, two hours actually working, during which they don’t help tidy up anything, they hardly assist clients when they’re not just plain rude to them… Yet because the bosses are only here until 5 pm, they have no idea how anyone in the evening team actually is at work.

So I don’t project the image of a serious person by being 5 minutes late, I get it and it’s fair. The fact is I am serious at work but they don’t know that because they’re not freaking there. I’m not saying they should be there, it’s their right to have a life, but there should be some kind of control or regular debriefings to get to know employees and what their job is like and how good they’re at it. There’s no such thing. Their whole notion of who should work in which shop tonight is based on their superficial knowledge of your face and voice and on what time they shook your hand (so that they can get the hell out, go home and watch a porno). They don’t care what’s actually happening in their absence. To me that’s just crazy, I think that’s no way to manage a 20+ people team and I think they’re not good bosses.

Rant over.


molliemoonlight I still love you, 43T :)

You're right

What sort of a way is this to run a business??? How can they not have some kind of duty manager after 5 to see what’s going on? I would say keep doing what you’re doing and it’ll eventually be recognised, but you work in the latter part of the day, right? So who is going to be there to see you doing the right thing?? This is not fair!

☠ dustball jin ☠ remember when we used to shine

Worse is that

not only haven’t I had a single conversation with the bosses in the 3+ months I’ve been working here, but what little I’ve heard of their opinion of me, I’ve only heard it from other coworkers. Meaning that

1- they don’t have the decency to talk to me in person ;

2- they base a huge part of their opinion of you on hearsay, which is likely to give them a pretty biased opinion since hearsay includes bitching (my best friend at this job told me that she regularly has to defend my work in front of the bosses because they question her about me, while this other coworker whom I know hates me -it’s quite reciprocal/ said to my face that she would fire me if she could because I don’t wrap gifts fast enough to her liking and it “stresses her out” and she told the office. Well, she happens to be the one who spends 3 hours away from the shop each evening, has insulted clients, openly steals stuff, gets into regular phone argument with people working in the other shops just because she feels like having one, and keeps talking about quitting because she’s too good for this place. I don’t report on any of that because I don’t believe it’s my role, not to mention it would be pretty lame of me to do so.

You’re right, there should be a duty manager or something.

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