Originally Posted by 54seaweed
you may have these good intentions and ideas .... but yes I said but
it will be almost impossible to change things , things may go ok when your there but when your off what you think will happen things will go back to the old ways , hate to say it but no one cares about what you think , in other words don't kill yourself or stress over a big box store and there policy's , cause things are not going to change they might tell you they'll back you but at the end of the day things didn't change in the least ,
it's nice to know you care but it's a lost cause sorry dude
been there done that
I am about the furthest thing from a "Rah-Rah" kind of guy there is but here's something to think about
: Change, any change, is started by one person with an idea.
Think about this: Where would we be if Bell gave up after his first attempt at the phone? Edison with his light bulb? Columbus when he set sail to the edge of the flat globe? S. Jobs with his computer or Gates with Microsoft? Everyone told these people they were nuts or crazy. But what has happened because they tried?
Sadly, and gladly, I have seen both the positives and negatives of our hobby and the business. Both have had extremes. We all want to complain about the way things are yet how many do anything about it? Here's someone, the OP, trying to do something about it.
Whether he fails or succeeds, he's doing something to hopefully elicit change and that should be applauded not dampened. The best way to elicit change is from within a company. Maybe you worked for a company that was short sighted? Maybe the management has changed if you worked at the same place the OP is starting? Maybe enough time has passed that a new way of thinking is part of the company's business model? Any of these things are possible.
Unfortunately, our country, (the U.S.) runs on bad news. If you don't believe me, watch your local newscast and count how many positive stories are told vs negative ones. You may be surprised. But what if you could take a negative and turn it into a positive? Say the OP does eventually get the ear of the right person, and makes a suggestion that benefits both the fish and the customers and the store all at the same time? I would think that would perk up some ears.
What if it didn't? There are ways of announcing to the community that the store refused to help it's customers in favor of higher short term profits. The internet, the news, the newspaper, peaceful protests are just a few. ( Let's hope it doesn't come to that
) What if the OP becomes such an asset to the company but the only way to keep him is to make some changes? Will it have been worth it? Change doesn't happen immediately but over time. In the meantime, the fish and livestock will have someone there who at least knows enough about them to care for them. That, to me, is a win.