No one is questioning that times have changed or that roles have changed. The original comment was voicing concern over the well being of employees that are being required to perform tasks better suited to more physically able persons, who would in many cases be men. Personally, I do not have a problem unloading the truck at my local store. What I do have a problem with is being required to do so without any additional help. Their company policy states no one may open the stock door alone, yet if there is no one else scheduled- how do we receive delivery? We can only turn the truck away if it arrives before 7AM or after 6PM. Therefore, I am being required to violate a company policy by having the stock door open and taking delivery. The truck driver is not a Beall's employee, and cannot be considered a "second" person. There are days when I am required to work a 10 hour day, without having another keyholder on premise to allow me to take a meal period. I have to stay on the clock while I scoff down a bite. Fine- I get paid for it - but I am the only person this happens to. I have been told by management that "anyone that calls the DM, or does anything to cause a problem for said management will be sorry". Trying to get things worked out is not gonna happen.
This company consistently expects 1 person to do the job of 3 for the pay of 1. We are consistently understaffed, and are lit on like a fly on sugar if we do not complete our to-do lists! A big-box store cannot operate efficiently with 1 cashier, 1 part timer, and 1 full timer. Not with the level of business we do. Not with the requirements of the corporate office that include cleaning fitting rooms every 30 minutes, and offering customer service to everyone. It takes 45 minutes to clean fitting rooms and return the merchandise to the racks! By the time you get back to check them again, they are trashed again. Shoplifters have a field day because they know there is not enough staff to watch the whole store. So what does the company do??? They install more cameras and audio to monitor the EMPLOYEES!! The head of loss prevention was in the store holding up the front counter while shoplifters left their empty hangers in the boys dpt. and the handbag paper filling in the dressing rooms!!
I am happy to have a job, and I enjoy working with the public. What I do not understand is - I was a manager for years, as was my husband. Neither of us would have EVER subjected any of our employees to be treated in this way. Times are tough, jobs are very scarce where I live. So I go to work every day. Before anyone gets their negative juices flowing, I am never late, I do not call out, and I am NOT a slacker... I have lost 50 pounds since I went to work here. I am down to 135... BECAUSE I WORK like a dog!! I am thankful for that. Others violate policies left and right with no consequence... I sent my husband to purchase bathroom tissue because the store would not order any and was almost fired for it!! "The manager had not given their consent for the purchase". WTH! We had been out of toilet paper for 2 days! Am I the only idiot that thought doing the right thing for our customers and employees would be ok? And besides.. you can never reach the manager after they leave the store. How was I to get "approval"? You can bet I am looking for another job. I have tons of mgmt. exp, and college. But I am in my 50's... it is NOT easy to find work.
On a final note, do not criticize this person for feeling the way they do. While the literal comparison to slavery may be wrong, the perception is the same. Abuse, poor wages, overwork and fear of retaliation..what do you call it?