I'd quite happily cuddle cats for a living...although not the one that keeps coming into our garden and now wants to come in the house. I thought he was a stray - he isn't. He lives round the corner but has decided he likes us better, which would be fine but he's a bit over friendly. He wraps himself around your legs and you can't move. Then he attacks your feet before being all nice again. Little bugger. Cute, but a bugger all the same.
ANYWAY.....back to the job stuff.
I worked yesterday (bank holiday) and at the end of the day I felt more frazzled than if I had been in that shop on my own for the whole day. The reason is my boss. The woman is a flippin' nightmare. We had to do a stock count, which we did before the shop opened. We then realised our stock figures are all cocked up so she set about sorting it out on our 'new and improved' computer system. *it may be new but it ain't improved*. So off she went to sort it out...and was doing this ALL SODDING DAY. What the fuck? She kept asking me to recount things but of course, as the shop was open by then people were buying the precious things so the numbers were still out. Fucking hell, I nearly went mental. I'd have written it off as a bad job and started again another day but no, ALL SODDING DAY.
And I can do without her stupid self deprecating "oh, it's probably my fault, it usually is..." bollocks. Yep, on this occasion, it was your fault.
just when you think its all beginning to settle down, it all kicks off again. I got into a bit of a verbal punch up with new boss (she looks just like politician amber rudd if you want a visual), on the shop floor. our Saturday girl was right there-she looked terrified. stupid cow. ms rudd not the kid.
so anyway that was last week, take a breath, move on.
but of course it sets me off looking for jobs again.
as usual there is bollocking shite out there. it would help if places advertised properly.
no, its counter assistant at a chemist. you could say sales assistant, counter assistant, chemist advisor, sales advisor. there is no 'partnership' in that particular job. I know this for fact. worse still it is minimum wage, which for a job which requires pretty intense medicinal knowledge and discretion, is shameful. even worse they are really looking for someone under 22 so they can pay them less (although they can't specifically say this).
nothing about that implies 'partner'.
but this is the job hunt. working your way through the mud that is corporate speak, faux-titles, confusing adverts and general shite.
There are some superb shit ads on that link. May I draw your attention to the following...
We are the late night lovers and the dirty dreamers, saying laters to the haters and imitators. We tell it straight with the hottest designs and unique product inspired by everything in our world; the catwalk, street style and celebs. We are not fast fashion; we are rapid fashion, delivering the freshest threads in the quickest time. we believe shopping is a right, not a luxury and we’ll take the risks no one else dares to take in order to get the hottest looks out into the universe for you to kick ass in. Come do epic sh*t with us.
This is an ACTUAL JOB ADVERT. What the fuck does it mean? And since when was this phrase considered to be true "we believe shopping is a right". A right?? Getting sick pay is a right. Trial by jury is a right. Shopping is not a right, or a luxury for that matter. It is something we do when we want to buy something.
OK it takes a while for someone new to settle into an existing 'team' and I don't care if she's getting all boss on me, but Leave My Layouts Alone. My work is fine. Me and J spent a week, a week! doing them. As we do every funking month. And she strolls in, oh this needs a total do over. Erm no it don't.
Oh I like to get my own way, she says.
Yeah but i can do passive aggressive sulking like a funking pro, bitch. Bring it on.
It's not just me either. Other people from other departments have made comments.
I got me fightin hat on 😠💥🆘
found out the other day, via the 'sent on a course' hotline, that the store she trained in, for this role, well no one liked her there, like really disliked her.
I can learn to work with the fact she's new to the role and indeed retail, that she works in a most disorganised fashion which is not what we're used to. learning curve and all that.
but then I found out she reads the daily mail.
that really fucking explains a lot I can tell you.....
i'm having a job crisis. I don't want one at all, but I need a better paid less stressful one.
waitrose are a coming to town. people think that this is some sort of magical place, but your day to day shit is the same old crap as das shoppe, same old management bollox, same old bureaucratic nonsense. and shockingly, for retail, das shoppe pays well. I look and I look for jobs and I see many retail emporiums who don't even pay supervisors (ie the next level up from dogsbody, and the people who deal with the management shite) what our base rate is.
and yet still not a living wage.
but anyway. I need a new job and I don't know what I want anymore.
Temporary The position of Santa’s Elf allows you to explore an imaginative performance role whilst delivering exceptional customer service. Elves are responsible for greeting families upon arrival, preparing children to meet Santa, helping Santa throughout his visit and photography merchandise. Working alongside your Grotto Manager, Santa and other Elves, your team will have fun helping children believe they are meeting the real Santa. Great Grottos provide a full training programme and handmade costume to all staff. Successful candidates typically demonstrate customer service experience or a performance background. Along with a friendly character and constant smile. Good hourly rates of pay and flexible shifts. Apply online by going to our website: apply.greatgrottos.co.uk Alternatively call us today on 01306 886 989 Job Type: Temporary
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sorry, I got stuck in a 'merlin entertainments' job loop there. its all warwick castle ghost jobs at the moment, shrek adventure actors and lego shop builders. Halloween ghost eh? you mean I could scare children AND get paid for it? hmmm. brb...
I know I moan about work but I'm not sure I'm ready to analyse skid marks.
Anyway...work. It really is a 4 letter word, innit. I may have mentioned the restructure at my workplace - it's all going on at the moment. 1 person has left, 2 leave at the start of September, interviews for other jobs are going on every week...it's chaos. But part of me enjoys chaos. It livens up the day.
Anyway #2...my boss has a new boss (who is therefore my boss boss) and it turns out to be a woman that my boss absolutely hates. She hates her. Can't stand her. Can't even stomach being in the same room as her. And what makes it even worse is that my boss can't hide her feelings at all - when she don't like you it's written all over her face. So we could have some interesting times ahead. A battle of wills between my control freak boss and her boss who has a weird habit of REALLY STARING AT YOU WHEN SHE'S TALKING TO YOU. It's quite off-putting.
As much as I like chaos, I fear this particular brand of chaos may tip me over the edge. I don't want to be stuck in the middle of this cat-fight!
I think in retail Confused that Waitrose are one of the better ones. Have a friend who works for them and he is not full of the horror stories that you and Pasty have related. PLUS they have a staff bonus scheme. A share of the profits. And stuff for staff to access like sailing and staying on Brownsea island. Might be a good move.
shockingly our 'benefits package' is pretty good. its just the day to day shit that the nightmare. it depends which department yer on. if you are employed for checkout and nowt but checkout then you don't see or the other crap every other dept has to deal with. i have a billion unprocessed delivery, fresh dept have mega reduction details deadlines, counters have a hell of a lot of health and safety stuff. etc
when we were in waitrose in bridport I saw the manager jump on the till and serve 2 people then get off, because we were queueing and god forbid people have to wait, but he sure as hell wasn't stood around with nothing to do, waiting to jump on the till.
I bet some twerp in waitrose loads fish juice into the bergman compactor, even though they shouldn't just like in bez's store. *inserts pukey face*
I really wanna find out what this waitrose are paying. my job hunt is being really hindered by the fact that for retail, we are paid really well. bastards.
aha. between £7.67 and £9.66 for supermarket lackey. slightly more for john lewis lackey ('selling assistant') and more again if you work in the channel islands.
that's not bad, that upper rate will be supervisor rate. the lower rate only a bit above 'living' wage (although it appears that they at least pay it to those 18-25 year old who legally can still be paid less)
most retail only pays 'living wage' (lol). we are in the middle of those rates at das shoppe.
Last Friday, payday, I was sitting in the kitchen looking at my payslip late in the evening.
Before tax and NI, it comes to £8.99 an hour. 49p of that is the pathetic extra I earn for a shitload of responsibility and endless abuse as a "Team Leader". (Though I currently got no team, lead nothing, just squish da fish, these days...)
Anyway, I thought 'how much of this is mine?' You know, how much of my pay is not spent on essentials? Just how many of those sixty minutes per hour am I pocketing pure profit, after taxes, the mortgage, running the car, buying gas and electric, etc.
The answer: Three minutes and eight seconds.
So: I go to work to make 47p an hour, and if I wasn't T/L I'd be losing money at tuppence per hour.