Originally Posted by PoppaRyno
Im typing on my phone with fat fingers. I apologize for the mis type. I was trying to type good soap box preaching. I didnt realize the good wasnt there. The only thing at all i dont align with you on is the whole fall in line and be a good lil employee. I agree its a good way to move forward. But that movement is too slow. As an executive chef with many employees i try to implant the idea of an extra set of eyes and opinions is crucial for forward movement. Otherwise you tend tto stay stagnate, And growth and improvement take the slow lane. I understand the boat is sailing. Dont rock it. But maybe its getting rocked from the back because it can go faster. As a boss or company it should be a duty to listen as well as command. Im sorry it came out as being a butt. Im a blunt person and im workin on it. Lol by the way water is aprx 8.4lbs per gallon. And yes it can be expensive to ship. But if big box doesnt have a postal deal in place with any company then thats their fault and maybe a quiet employee could have helped them figure that out. I breed and ship many different types of fish and i have a flat deal with my usps.
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my advice/opinions are based on over 20 years working retail, ~15 of those in management positions, including running a lfs
I'll relate one story.
I went to work for a home improvement chain after the lfs
closed. I was hired for the paint dept. as just another grunt. I started to gather carts on my way to work, spent idle time cleaning, reading product brochures and familiarizing myself with the store in general.
After less than 2 months the lumber yard manager requested I be transferred to his dept because he needed a new assistant.
I did the same in that dept., learned the ropes and starting taking the initiative to get stuff done, often volunteering for the worst jobs; cutting 20 sheets of 3/4" particle board (before it was illegal),
cleaning up concrete, etc., etc..
Within 3 months of being hired I was the lumber yard assistant manager, within 6 months I was the yard manager, passing up/pissing off 4 other people along the way and all I did was my job+ a little extra and showed an interest in moving up.
More soap boxing but hopefully it illustrates my point.
If the OP wants to affect change in the way the store conducts business, he HAS TO convince others that he is able to.
the only way to do that is by working.
rebels rarely advance in retail chain stores.