That is retail for you man. Everyone shows up late. Well, except for me. I haven't been late a day since I started. It pisses me off when people show up late, lol.
There have been workplaces where late-shows can be fired . . . I have experienced near that in my career.
I look at it this way . . . for 6.50 an hour, you can go pretty much anywhere and do possibly less work. However, if you get booted from my retail chain, chances are that you're probably unemployable.
Yeah, pretty much. It just sucks that most people don't take their work seriously and take pride in showing up, etc... even if it is a not-so-great job.
I think we all deal with that at some point.
I was making 25% more at my last job. My paycheck hurts to look at . . .
Yeah, I bet.
But you know what, the job you have now is a good building experience, especially since you are doing management and such.
But that paycut definitely hurts. =\
It's so ridiculous to me.
I'm 28, and I'm making less than I did when I was 20.
I should be making at least 5 dollars more than I normally do . . .
I pray that my mind doesn't fail. Of my skills, that is about the only thing I have that is strong.
Your mind won't fail you. You are a strong guy mentally. I know it is demeaning to make less than you did when you were 20, but you'll climb back and get something better soon. Just think of this as an opportunity for the present, and that you know you'll be doing yourself better real soon. Make them respect your authoritah! >:)
Yeah, I will make them respect.
When most people start dealing with me, I throw me at them, and they tend to treat me right, more often than not.
Good deal. Can't let yourself get pushed around in this life, especially in retail and business ventures.
Yeah but your reason for being late was valid...just like I was late to work today and had a good reason.
I am positive the reason your employees were late were mostly not valid, with maybe 1 exception.
2005-02-10 04:22 am (UTC)
It's no fun if you're not late. I think the whole thing stems from the middle east. It's just a theory of mine though, still workin on it.
Are arabic folks always late?
I don't follow.
You weren't late! The clock just went too fast.
They weren't late, they had everything else to do but go to work.
Of which, none of the other things gifts you a paycheck.
What was I thinking?
I think it's psychological - really. Think about it: you're never late for really important things or things you're excited about. But work? Meh. Press the "snooze" button a couple more times...
I am always late for work no matter how hard I try not to be. However, I'm not late for most other things. Doctor's appointments, yes, sometimes I'm late for those. But I don't miss flights, nor trains (when I'm going down to visit M), nor important meetings, nor dates with my friends. I could never figure out why until it occurred to me that subconsciously I was trying to avoid unpleasant things by being late. I don't know, it's just a theory. Not a very useful one, of course.
When I lived in New Orleans everyone was always late for everything. Time moves very slowly down there. You show up whenever. Time has little meaning, as do clocks. Long lazy afternoons in the sunlight spent sipping alcohol make time really disappear. You don't make dates for specific times. You just tell people "I'll be there" or whatever and they don't stress it. Sh*t, even jobs are optional down there.
However, in New York people are totally uptight about time and if you're 0.3 seconds late it's the end of the universe. You'd think that would make everything run like clockwork, but it doesn't - we're all still late for stuff and the trains are never on time and there are always traffic delays but we're all just ten times more stressed about the whole thing, especially after guzzling coffee. Hell, I love New York. I would just like to slip some Xanax into everyone's coffee one day.
The Xanax terrorist . . . she brought laissez-faire to the New York community.
I like it!
I'm usually on time to a lot of things, starting with my previous job at Erectile Dysfunction Syndrome. That is the one thing that they did right . . . they instilled a sense of timeliness and work ethic in me.
What I learned from that company . . .
1. When sitting in office cubicles, you aren't doing a whole lot except for work on the phone and the computer. You must focus on both tools, and do something each day. Failure to do so is the ultimate failure of modern society. It doesn't get any easier than a desk job.
2. If you're on time, that means that you don't get fired. We had so many rules and possible infractions that could be put on a person in that system. If you were one minute late, it was a serious offense. You could rack up only a handful of late-times in a 6-month period before one more got you fired. Absence from work? Well, that was even worse . . . mind you, it was a building filled with hundreds of workers. However, we answered phones that could be calls from people in emergencies. Hence, we had to be on time, at work, every day.
3. Urgency and Accuracy equal Excellence. This one has broken me a bit. The company didn't know the range of necessary urgency. I could discern it from any other time . . . when I had a real emergency call, I understood that the other person could die if I fucked up the call. That's an urgent moment. When the company started handing out punishments to employees for too long of "after-work" clocked time because they went on their own emergency to the shitter, that is when I started to realize that I worked in a high school. The nickname for the contract group was "The High School." As for accuracy, if a person's name is Lanisha Townsend (made-up-name), and she wants to be called La-NEE-sha, then pronounce it that way. It's real simple, like getting the right amount on a total bill. This is the hardest accomplishment for most folks, but I'm a perfectionist, so this part is easy.