And I have no real excuse for being gone so long. I’ve been reading, but not writing. And I haven’t dropped blogging for the book of faces, which I visit about once every two weeks or so. Don’t know why, it just is.
We’ve all gotten to know our new manager, who I named Larry in my last post. He is SO not a Larry, he is more Stan. Stan is the man, you see. Stan has kicked butt and taken names. He has brought order and security to our store. For example… our store has been infested with termites as long as I’ve been there, and they will have someone spray, and it will go away for a while, but be back in a few months. It was so bad at one point that in the small office where the expeditors work, they taped the ceiling panels so the termites wouldn’t fall down on top of them. I could not have worked back there. I would have refused.
As the story goes, while Stan was working at his desk, a termite fell on his head. He screamed like a girl, and the next thing we knew, we were all getting Christmas Eve off, and the building was being tented and the termites (hopefully) were eradicated. He is also working on replacing all the fire lines that leak, and Stan is tired of paying for repairs (which always seem to happen at night or on weekends) and just wants things fixed. We have also developed sewer issues, which had previously been band-aided.. the bathrooms had been moved several years ago to the opposite side of the building. When they laid the sewer line, they neglected to put a slope on it, so it lies flat. Guess why our sewer frequently gets backed up and plumbers need to be called. (This is beyond the scope of anyone who works there, and corporate has their own repair people)
Inventory was not great, but at least it was a bit better than last year. Success sharing wasn’t great either, but there are so many things in our store that need to be fixed, I can understand why it wasn’t. I figure that any bonus check is a bonus, and it wasn’t the smallest bonus I ever got, so I was ok with it. Especially because I got this:
which comes with a $250 check. That makes 2 years in a row. Something else Stan did was take us out of the store to a bowling alley for the meeting, and letting everyone bowl or play pool and eat pizza. All of our previous meetings were in the store, which really just creates work for a lot of people within the store. That was a nice treat!
I changed up my Christmas candy this year to a new recipe.. and it is the bomb. I’ve made it several different ways, but this one is still my favorite:
and I made my usual caramel corn. Everyone at work loves it! I made these for our halloween party:
So we’ve been having pretty much fun at work. Stan is trying to bring a happier attitude to the store, which can be a challenge. Our previous manager left the store in sad shape. I feel like the mood there has lightened a bit, and I’m not alone in that feeling, so progress seems to be happening. I like it, anway.
I’m leading our district in measures sold, which I like too. However, I’m down about 3rd in sales, but considering how many people are out there selling, that’s not a bad thing. Our expeditor, Anne, (the after the sale customer service person) is inefficient at best, and is so far behind (and has been for the past year) that we were all given authorization to do tasks for her. This has only led to me and Juan (more on him later) doing more and more desk tasks, which takes us away from our job of selling. I frequently talk to my ASM about problems that come up that I can’t get help with. I’m hoping my ASM will take a stand on this and try to get her to actually get some work done. She has made one change, and gotten Anne out of the office in the back because she gets NO work done in there, and the other expeditor she worked with back there has an attitude and Anne was acting the same way. Some progress is being made, although this progress needs to go a bit faster.
Juan is my last DH. He was, anyway. He stepped down, he told me it was because of stress. They made him a specialist, like me, so now we are equals. I was bummed about that move, because he was a good DH. Apparently Stan didn’t think so, and Juan felt he had only 2 choices, step down from being a DH or be fired… so he stepped down. We have fun working together, because we both have the same work ethic… which makes our weekly numbers kind of a contest. After a year of Juan working as a specialist, we will see who’s on top. Heh.
I didn’t get to take my spring vacation this year and meet Sis in Arizona because I am going to Wisconsin in a little over a month, and staying for almost 2 weeks. I missed having a winter vacation but I’m hoping having so much time off in one block will be worth the wait. I did have a few days off here and there, and even will have one day of vacation pay left after I get back. It sure is nice to have three weeks off!
My Kid bought herself a house, with the help of her significant other, and that is where I’ll be staying. Kid doesn’t have a whole lot of vacation time, which is partly why I am going for so long. Her house is in a small town near Cowtown. The only plan I have is to tour Dude’s place of work. It is a huge area, and an interesting building. I sure would like to do this.
Guess that’s about all I have for now… Hopefully I will post again soon!