Post # 1
I know this is kind of off topic. But, I wasn’t sure if I should put it in the career board or not.
I currently work in retail, at a mall, and love my job. I work for a high end women’s retailer. But, as of recently my hours are getting cut. My manager, who had previously told me she would not do this, just hired on six people for summer help. I was hoping to get more hours during this summer and now I’m getting less than normal. I’m also getting really crappy shifts. For example this week I will work 6 days and I get a total of 24 hours. I was nice to a new girl and picked up her shift BUT my manager took the hours off another shift of mine instead of letting me have the extra hours. I normally average 30 hours and next week I have 18.5 hours.
I have been with my company for 10 months now and I feel like I’m always bending over backwards for my manager. I come in early, stay late, work hard, open the a lot of credit cards, and do it all with a smile on my face. She knows I want a future with the company, and that I need the hours. I don’t make much money and money is getting really tight.
I have started looking for a new job which scares the bah-jesus out of me in this economy. I feel like no matter how many times I tell my manager I am suffering financially she just doesn’t get it or maybe just doesn’t give a crap. I feel like I need to tell my boss I am looking for another job (a lot of managers at the mall talk to each other) but I am terrified if I do I will get no hours. I tried to talk to her last night but I felt like I need to figure out what to say because I feel like a broken record. What would you guys do? I kind of need an outside opinion.
(Also, side note I am majoring in Fashion Merchandising.)
Post # 3
Well since you have already talked to her, I say try to interview for another job. Is it an option for you to work in a similar post with an other company? and thus maybe you can still hold to this job and have another one ? like that you may be able to divide the hours between two jobs
P.S. I would not tell her that you are looking for another job
Post # 4
I used to run a store and had to hire on staff for summer as well. My full-timers always still got full time, unless I didn’t like them, they were doing a poor job, or head office was coming down on me for wages (do you make more money than the students? Is she threatened by you?)
At the end of the day, she has to make the best decision for the business, not you, and unfortunately, employees are expendable in this regard.
I honestly would not mention you are job searching…not like that I would ask to chat with her about the loss of hours and explain to her how much you enjoy working there, see yourself long term, however am struggling with the hours you currently have. I would ask if this is going to be like this for the whole summer, so you can seek part time employment to compensate for the lack of hours.
Post # 5
@braz A lot of companies will not let you work for competitors, or sell for any other stores. It is kind of insane when you are getting no hours from them, and what retail expects from employees. I am applying at some companies that are not seen as compeition and do not sell clothing. It could be an option for me to work at another location of our company. But, I think my manager would be very offended if I wanted to work for the other location.
Post # 6
@fivemonthsnotice I am sure I make more than the new girls. Out of the employees who are not supervisors I usually get the most hours and one other employee is always close to me. The other employee got a few hours cut but still has a more than I do. My manager is the type of person who will get angry about something but not say a word. Then instead of being an adult she slowly cuts your hours until you have none. This is what I am most worried about. When I saw the schedule I said I only have 18.5 hours next week? I was kind of in shock. She said it was a quite week. Yet I saw a brand new employee, who is seasonal, has 19 hours. I’m just at a loss for words, and getting worried. Maybe I did something but I highly doubt she will tell me. Once she decides she wants to fire you she fires you.
Post # 7
I would try and see if you can wait out the summer by getting a second part time job to supplement your income. Then, if things are still bad come fall when the summer help leaves, you know it is time to cut your loses and you’ll already have another job to fall back on.
Post # 8
I would recommend you start job-hunting now. it doesn’t matter what the economy is like, it cannot possibly hurt you to start looking. Also, if you manage to land another job, you might be able to use it as leverage at your current job .. but you must be willing and completely committed to walking away if it comes down to it and your manager doesn’t budge.
Post # 9
DO NOT tell her you are looking for another job. I’ve heard of a few ppl who have done that and thats taken as a sign of not being commited to the company and they got fired.
I’ll be honest with you – it doesn’t seem like they like you very much. Either that or they are so rediculously cheap they would rather pay the summer workers instead of you because they are most likely making less then you. (sounds pathetic but i’ve seen it) Keep looking for another job! Don’t wait for it to get better. I was in a similar position but i just kept waiting asking for more hours… eventually i was down to 4 hours a week and then soon after they fired me. (purposely pushed me to my breaking point so they had a reason to fire me) all by one manager in particular who hated my guts. I grew to hate that job. Trust me lack of hours means lack of trust – you don’t want to be with that company. You’ll find another job you love. Just keep looking hard for other jobs – you’ll find one!
Post # 10
Look for another job and don’t tell her that you’re looking. It’s only going to get your hours cut more. You cannot work at a competitor AND where you currently work, so you’ll have to choose (or work somewhere that’s not a competitor). My old retail job actually fired a girl when she came in to put in her notice because they found out that she went to a competitor.
Retail is notorious for screwing over employees. She’s cutting your hours because you make more money than the summer help, and she’s ignoring you.
Post # 11
Retail is a ****.
With that being said, when cuts in hours like that happen, it usually happens to the worst employees. The best employees get a cut (sure), but they usually still get more hours then others. I was one of the best workers, my hours were cut slightly but I was held up in priority.
Don’t mention that you are looking for another job. Talk with her privately and ask what you can do to take on more responsibilities to get those hours. If nothing comes of that, then you should probably get a new job.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t tell her I was looking….unfortunately Retail is the hardest industry to work in and as for loyalty….very seldom, we’re so dispensable…I worked retail all through college and even thought I would make it a career, but after having worked it for 5 yrs straight I gave up on that….I would continue working there until I got another job that can compensate you the same you are getting where you’re currently at or if you can get another part time job, I would work both, I did that one summer and it was great made lots of money.
Post # 13
Thanks for all the advice. To be honest I do feel like I’m one of her best workers. Not in a cocky way. I just feel like I really put my heart into the job because I want a future in the industry. I would have loved to stay with the company once when I got my degree. Like I said I come in early, stay late, and work hard. But, I guess it’s not enough. I put in some applications last night and I have already gotten an interview.
Post # 14
Don’t let her attitude get to you or change that work ethic, girl! You never know what it is behind the scenes, she has to reduce payroll or maybe someone at work told her you were looking…my son is working retail right now and they all gossip so bad, I feel bad for him but Igave him lots of advice and so far, he has kept his head above water .The only thing he screwed up was telling them that he was going to school in September for college, so they hired a bunch of people to cover his fulltime shifts and now his hours have been cut. Lucky for him, the new people keep messing up s othey have given him back some of the hours.
There are other jobs out there, and stay strong and keep positive at work! 🙂