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    I had decided, for several reasons, to cut back on my availability at my workplace (grocery store cashier). One of the reasons is that lately I've noticed a problem in my "smart" hand, particularly on the thumb joint, from constantly lifting comparatively heavy items one-handed. Even more recently, I was picking up bags of milk the other day and my shoulder started saying "You're kidding, right?" (for those wondering "WTF?!?", you might want to Google "Ontario, bagged milk" and you'll see what I'm talking about).

    So I take in my notice today saying I want to go from 4 shifts a week to 2. This equals roughly 8 hours a week. I didn't manage to get to the scheduler so gave it to a supervisor instead.

    Me: "I just want to hand this in; I want my hours cut."

    Supervisor: "Ooooh ...."

    Me: "Is this a problem?"

    Supervisor: "Well, yeah. We're short-staffed."

    Me: "So hire more people."

    Supervisor: "We tried that. We hired two people; one just didn't show up and the other did but after getting trained is now out for ..." [waves her hand vaguely] " ... some reason."


    I should add that my hours are daytime hours so are out of the question for students. Hire older workers? Well, apparently, for some reason older workers aren't pounding the door down to get in ....

    Supervisor: "Well ... but can you survive on two shifts a week?"

    Me: "Yes."

    I also explained exactly why I wanted my hours cut.

    Supervisor: "Have you gotten to a doctor to have it looked at?"

    Me: "No, not yet."

    Supervisor: "Well, you know there are support devices that can help you."

    Me: "And will the company pay for those?"

    Supervisor: "No, but your health insurance will."

    After some more haggling she suggested taking my hours down to three shifts a week.

    Me: "Fine, but I believe if you look at my last availability sheet, that's what it originally WAS. At some point it became four shifts. So if it goes back to three shifts, it has to STAY there. Also, as you see, I don't want any more five-hour shifts."

    She nodded and wandered off with my availability sheet.

    Of course, there are some questions I still have.

    Like, explain to me the logic of using "supportive devices" to enable me to continue doing exactly the same movements that created this problem in the first place.

    Also, why should my health insurance pay for it when it's the company that's benefiting from it? If the company wants me to come in and work more hours than I want to work, let the company shell out the bucks for those devices.

    You seem to be implying that you simply cannot do without me. As my grandpa used to say, "Sooner or later, everybody dies." Do you plan to close the store down when I die? Didn't think so. So why don't you pretend I'm half-dead and act accordingly?

    And of course the biggie: if you can't get people to work for you, perhaps you should ask yourself WHY?

    And finally, not a question, but ... yes, I can survive on two shifts a week. And if I get too much grief over this, we'll all get a chance to see how I survive on no shifts a week.

    So we will see how this goes.

    Last edited by Pixelated; 09-23-2022, 01:46 AM.
    Customer service: More efficient than a Dementor's kiss
    ~ Mr Hero

  • #2
    Blimey. Yeah, it's nice to feel wanted but if you're only there so seldom anyway, how bad do things have to be for that to be considered a tipping point?
    This was one of those times where my mouth says "have a nice day" but my brain says "go step on a Lego". - RegisterAce
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    • #3
      Quoth RealUnimportant View Post
      Blimey. Yeah, it's nice to feel wanted but if you're only there so seldom anyway, how bad do things have to be for that to be considered a tipping point?
      That, of course, is an issue in itself. I could see the point at least a little better if I were a full-timer, there eight hours a day, five days a week, but as it stands .... C'mon, really?

      And around 9 a.m. today I got a message: I'm not scheduled tomorrow (Saturday). Would I like a four- or eight-hour shift in one of our other departments?

      Excuse me while I laugh even louder. (The irony is, I would be more available for these emergencies if I weren't already scheduled past what I want.)

      Customer service: More efficient than a Dementor's kiss
      ~ Mr Hero


      • #4
        As one of those older workers, I'd work as a cashier somewhere so long as I was paid in several dollars over minimum wage and guaranteed f/t hours. So many grocery stores are advertising daytime positions as p/t minimum wage, which just won't cut it for us older folks at all. Getting my hours cut from 32 to 24 per week was what caused me to leave my last grocery job. And the same company has been reaching out to me via indeed and linkedin to try to get me to come back in the past few months, but aren't willing to give me enough hours or pay to convince me to go back. And, honestly, I can't do the heavy lifting and constant bending up and down like I used to even three years ago so...yeah.

        At least they're wanting to give you shifts though! With some luck they'll clue in and figure out why they can't get older employees in.


        • #5
          This is absolutely one of those part-time minimum-wage jobbies. I knew it when I signed on and didn't mind it. But part of your comment is what I don't understand about this place: are there not other part-timers there who would LOVE an extra shift or two? Because most definitely not everybody's over 65 and thus getting all those old fart benefits that you get in semi-socialist Canada.

          It would be nice if they did clue in and think about why they can't get older workers, but I wouldn't bet the rent money on that happening. Like most multi-billion-dollar corporations, they are completely and wilfully blind to what employees really want and need (good wages, benefits, etc.) They focus on "Employee of the Month" and similar crap. This past week was "Employee Appreciation Week" in which they provided food for the workers. Last night it was chicken wings and fries. Soooo ... that meant the hot deli workers had to do EXTRA work to provide the food for "Employee Appreciation Week" ...

          There's a members-only giant corporation in this city that I'm willing to be doesn't have trouble attracting and keeping employees. I tried out for that some time ago and didn't get in, alas.
          Customer service: More efficient than a Dementor's kiss
          ~ Mr Hero