Real “undercover” boss type stuff

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Being winter and the economy as it is I decided to work part time at one of the stores. I plan on reporting a lot of activity here for amusement for everyone.
First day
I showed up on time like I was advised at 11, no manager and asst manager didn’t know how to process paperwork and said to come back later and the manager should be back. I had some stuff to keep me busy so got my stuff done and went back around 3. Still no manager. I showed up to work not stand around and BS so I picked up a broom and started sweeping. Store hasn’t been deep cleaned in a while and later you’ll see why. About 10 minutes into cleaning the disaster area the asst manager hollers to help him. Swept my pile up to get to later and helped him with some returns(a one person job mind you).
Finish helping him and then finish sweeping, bored. Bathroom is nasty so start cleaning it and still have not been told what I need to do; it’s been over an hour now.
Manager shows up and finds me cleaning, says we can do paperwork now. Im deep in bleach and have maybe 2 mins and bathroom will be spotless so I try and finish. Manager comes back to me about a minute later and says let’s do this paperwork. Im still finishing up the sink so I wipe it down and go with him.
Do the paperwork, do a walkthrough and then shown how to ring things up. Manager leaves for the day(was there an hour total) so I ask one of the other guys what needs done. “Pretty much nothing” was blurted out.
Around then the “kids” shift has started and the store is getting busy so with little “knowledge” I start helping people out. Stayed consistent for about an hour then it slowed to a crawl.
I can’t just stand so I go back to cleaning, cleaned the back and on the way to the front past the kid I thought heard “over achiever” lowly voiced.
So now I’m pretty much out of stuff to do and go to the counter where one of the kids is talking to her self.
Well I thought she was, customer needed alternator tested so went to get the tester and I look on the counter and my mug is live action on a phone sitting on the counter. I look at the phone and it goes black other then the window my face is in now completely in. Weird. I look over and the kid is pretty embarrassed grabbing her phone quickly. I test the guys alternator and go and put the tester up. One of the guys working with me is probably in his mid 50s so I ask what the deal is with that phone. He says oh she’s on the phone with her boyfriend, he is obviously fine with it. Seriously!! It’s dead at this point but from 4-8:30 this kid has been at work and on the phone with her boyfriend the entire time. What work other then answering the phone and checking people out has been done by them, zero.
Closing time I take the broom and make sure the front is clean and again I hear “over achiever” being said, I’m assuming the kid is telling her boyfriend but honestly don’t care.
At the end of the shift the older guy tells me I’ve been working to hard and need to slow down. I ask why and he tells me cleaning is pointless and I would be the only one cleaning so…
I ask what that meant and he just said I’d find out if I kept cleaning.

So to save people that don’t want to read about my boring first day I will list the highlights.
Cleaning is a no-no.
While at work it’s ok to voice call with your boyfriend, even while dealing with customers.
You will be called names for doing normal everyday work things like cleaning or eating in the break room instead of the front counter.
Totally the opposite when I was young at my first job but we didn’t have cell phones back then so maybe this is the new normal for some but not me one bit.

I’ll post again after my next shift, supposedly the kid that worked last night is the “best one” of the three so things should get interesting.

I’m just waiting to see all the jaw drops when they find out who this new guy is…
welcome to the new america, no offence go back to ranching. my job 8 years got elected to clean my first week on the job no one has cleaned anything but me. no pride, no caring, just do the minimum to get by. got to love it !!
 

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I know a retired Navy fella that took a job at a auto parts store part time driving their little parts delivery truck around town to the garages......more to have something to do than needing the money.

I mentioned to mama that I might want to do something like that especially in the winter to keep from getting cabin fever and knowing me like she does she said that I wouldn't last a month and I ask her how come.

She said the first time some young still wet behind the ears store mgr wanted to impress the other young employees that worked there by bossing around the old guy (me) that I'd look him dead in the eyes and tell him in no uncertain terms to go pound sand up his a$$ while hoping that he'd lay a hand on me.......the woman knows me too well so I didn't go apply for a job and I find other ways to keep from getting cabin fever in the winter months.
 

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Awesome. At almost 45 years old, I changed careers a few years ago and went to work on a military installation, working for a defense contractor. Union job…. I have nothing against unions, aside from the fact that they seem to reward laziness and don’t reward hard work and effort. They do pay well, and to show my gratitude for a great job, I work my tail off. Just like every other job I’ve ever had.

Anyway, during my first few weeks at this job, I’m cleaning during downtime, doing general maintenance and repairs on items around the building, just basically keeping myself busy with work that other folks don’t want to do. I suddenly realize I’m making my coworkers very nervous. They don’t like how I do things. Their “not my job” mentality is making them look bad.

Well, I’m now almost 4 years into my new career, and the big bosses are now filling the department I work in, with more folks like me. We’re turning the tide. I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much, but my attitude of “let me do it” and gratefulness for the job are rubbing off. I only point that out because most folks KNOW they should work hard while on the clock, and someone who sets a good example WILL influence them to do the right thing. The guys I’m allowed to train work hard and they see this career field for what it is: an amazing opportunity that pays exceptionally well.

Work hard, be proud of the job you do, and feel good about yourself. It’s that easy.
 

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Awesome. At almost 45 years old, I changed careers a few years ago and went to work on a military installation, working for a defense contractor. Union job…. I have nothing against unions, aside from the fact that they seem to reward laziness and don’t reward hard work and effort. They do pay well, and to show my gratitude for a great job, I work my tail off. Just like every other job I’ve ever had.

Anyway, during my first few weeks at this job, I’m cleaning during downtime, doing general maintenance and repairs on items around the building, just basically keeping myself busy with work that other folks don’t want to do. I suddenly realize I’m making my coworkers very nervous. They don’t like how I do things. Their “not my job” mentality is making them look bad.

Well, I’m now almost 4 years into my new career, and the big bosses are now filling the department I work in, with more folks like me. We’re turning the tide. I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much, but my attitude of “let me do it” and gratefulness for the job are rubbing off. I only point that out because most folks KNOW they should work hard while on the clock, and someone who sets a good example WILL influence them to do the right thing. The guys I’m allowed to train work hard and they see this career field for what it is: an amazing opportunity that pays exceptionally well.

Work hard, be proud of the job you do, and feel good about yourself. It’s that easy.

Lucky you, we seem to be steadily getting more and more of the lazy, entitled PoS.
The older ones are retiring or just quitting, to not have to deal with them.
 

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The 1st fired would be that so-called manager. Girl on phone, fired at the same time.
If I owned it and went undercover like that, I wouldn’t have lasted thru the first hour before everyone was fired. I wouldn’t let my customers suffer thru 1 more minute of that.

The manager and I would run it until I found replacement help, then I’d find out if he really wanted a job or not.

Keep us posted.

Our local Dollar General is the same way. Can't get down any aisle because of carts of inventory waiting to be stocked on the empty shelves. Usually 4 or 5 employees on the outside, smoking and on phone. Maybe 1 in the store.
At least they put in the self check registers, so you can get what you need.

In 19 years, I have been in that store less than 10 times.

A Family Dollar is being built. It will be interesting to see what happens.
 

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Being winter and the economy as it is I decided to work part time at one of the stores. I plan on reporting a lot of activity here for amusement for everyone.
First day
I showed up on time like I was advised at 11, no manager and asst manager didn’t know how to process paperwork and said to come back later and the manager should be back. I had some stuff to keep me busy so got my stuff done and went back around 3. Still no manager. I showed up to work not stand around and BS so I picked up a broom and started sweeping. Store hasn’t been deep cleaned in a while and later you’ll see why. About 10 minutes into cleaning the disaster area the asst manager hollers to help him. Swept my pile up to get to later and helped him with some returns(a one person job mind you).
Finish helping him and then finish sweeping, bored. Bathroom is nasty so start cleaning it and still have not been told what I need to do; it’s been over an hour now.
Manager shows up and finds me cleaning, says we can do paperwork now. Im deep in bleach and have maybe 2 mins and bathroom will be spotless so I try and finish. Manager comes back to me about a minute later and says let’s do this paperwork. Im still finishing up the sink so I wipe it down and go with him.
Do the paperwork, do a walkthrough and then shown how to ring things up. Manager leaves for the day(was there an hour total) so I ask one of the other guys what needs done. “Pretty much nothing” was blurted out.
Around then the “kids” shift has started and the store is getting busy so with little “knowledge” I start helping people out. Stayed consistent for about an hour then it slowed to a crawl.
I can’t just stand so I go back to cleaning, cleaned the back and on the way to the front past the kid I thought heard “over achiever” lowly voiced.
So now I’m pretty much out of stuff to do and go to the counter where one of the kids is talking to her self.
Well I thought she was, customer needed alternator tested so went to get the tester and I look on the counter and my mug is live action on a phone sitting on the counter. I look at the phone and it goes black other then the window my face is in now completely in. Weird. I look over and the kid is pretty embarrassed grabbing her phone quickly. I test the guys alternator and go and put the tester up. One of the guys working with me is probably in his mid 50s so I ask what the deal is with that phone. He says oh she’s on the phone with her boyfriend, he is obviously fine with it. Seriously!! It’s dead at this point but from 4-8:30 this kid has been at work and on the phone with her boyfriend the entire time. What work other then answering the phone and checking people out has been done by them, zero.
Closing time I take the broom and make sure the front is clean and again I hear “over achiever” being said, I’m assuming the kid is telling her boyfriend but honestly don’t care.
At the end of the shift the older guy tells me I’ve been working to hard and need to slow down. I ask why and he tells me cleaning is pointless and I would be the only one cleaning so…
I ask what that meant and he just said I’d find out if I kept cleaning.

So to save people that don’t want to read about my boring first day I will list the highlights.
Cleaning is a no-no.
While at work it’s ok to voice call with your boyfriend, even while dealing with customers.
You will be called names for doing normal everyday work things like cleaning or eating in the break room instead of the front counter.
Totally the opposite when I was young at my first job but we didn’t have cell phones back then so maybe this is the new normal for some but not me one bit.

I’ll post again after my next shift, supposedly the kid that worked last night is the “best one” of the three so things should get interesting.

I’m just waiting to see all the jaw drops when they find out who this new guy is…
Our society is so affluent even our poor people are SPOILED BRATS! That must be a first in all of human history! I'm sure that is a warning sign of an impending disaster, but what?
 

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The 1st fired would be that so-called manager. Girl on phone, fired at the same time.
That all sounds real good when you say it real fast.

There isn't a business I know of that is not struggling desperately trying to find enough employees just to keep the doors open. They pretty much have to settle for whatever they can find.
 
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