- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Sorry in advance for this being so long. I know the bee is a wonderful community and I’m hoping you can give me some advice and encouragement.
My fiancé got hired into a manager’s training program. It’s a 6 month to 2 year program depending on how well you do and once done you are hired as an assistant manager. He has been working towards this for years and is so excited to have finally gotten in and I am so excited for him!
My fiancé has always been great at his job. Leading up to getting into the program many people were saying he would be one of the first to get into management. After he was hired, he was requested by the best manager in the company to ‘apprentice’ at her location. She had sat in on all the interviews and had gotten to pick the two she wanted most. We had heard nothing but amazing things about this location!
The manager flipped a coin to see who would be working the night shift, and who would be on days. My fiancé got the night shift. He has worked nights plenty and knows the ropes very well, but since starting things have gone downhill. They have about half the amount of workers they need for the size of the job they have. And every time my fiancé finds a new solution something else pops up. He has been working almost 15 hours of overtime a week. He just couldn’t figure out what the cause of these problems were, until recently…
Come to find out, the manager has it out for night shift. She dislikes them for one, and she is also of the ‘old school’ mindset. In this mindset, night shift does everything and back when the company was tiny this was possible. But now the location is huge and the night crew simply can’t do everything on their own.
The manager has been telling the day shift ‘let night crew handle it’ over and over again. So night crew is falling more and more behind. And when my fiancé goes to the day shift and asks them to help out they blow him off because the manager told them nights would take care of it.
My fiancé was told by the manager he would be moving back to days in October, which is good because there are a lot of departments on days he will have to learn for management that are closed at night. So he has to go back to days eventually to learn these things. But recently, the assistant manager told my fiancé is not going back to days until after the holiday season (January). My fiancé hasn’t had a chance to talk to the manager yet regarding what the assistant said, but is really hoping it isn’t true. He intends to talk to her if she doesn’t put him on days soon (by the end of November). But he can’t force her to put him on days.
Additionally, the program my fiancé is in has them do weekly homework and training on the computer. But because there is so much work he is finding it difficult to squeeze in time for this extra training. He has managed so far, but has heard stories of last year’s trainee who got put on nights and was never allowed to leave. He was then removed from the program because he didn’t get his homework trainings done. We are so scared that this is something that happens to the trainees that get ‘stuck’ on night shift.
My fiance is usually in very good spirits and is constantly saying he will not give in and will make it through the program no matter what, but I can tell he is starting to get beat down. It kills me that he works so hard and is constantly shot down because the manager has it out for the night crew. I’m doing everything I possibly can to help and support him (doing the bulk of the chores, cooking dinner, staying upbeat… ext…) but I wish I could do more for him somehow! And I’m so worried for him!
Thank you to everyone who has read this far. If you have any words of encouragement or personal experiences with this I would love to hear them. I just need a little support and hive love!