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Below are the 8 most recent journal entries recorded in Sears..on LJ's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
9:18 am
I Tried
Does anyone know if punching in and immediately punching out is an acceptable substitute for calling the attendance number to say you were there but were sent home?

Does anyone know if calling the attendance number is expected when your manager says there is nothing to do and it is ok not to come in?

Last Friday I tried to quit. but I am a wimp and allowed them to persuade me to stay on with reduced hours. I hope that is only until they find my replacement. At least my employee discount card should still work.

I have been planning this event for over a month, trying to work out all the right responses to various questions. But when I was handed a paper that says I didn't show up for two whole days last week and didn't call either, I decided it was time to fix both at once.

The paper was partially right, I did show up the first day but I did not punch in, because my manager agreed that he did not need me there when the truck had just been canceled and there was nothing for me to do. This same manager also told me that there was no need for me to work Saturday either since the truck was canceled and not just delayed, and that the next truck was expected to arrive next Friday and that I should just come back in next Friday. This was said while he had his scheduling screen in front of him. So I truly did not show up the next day, at my managers request. And I also did not look for a posted schedule, who am I to question my manager with the scheduling screen in front of him.

The preprinted notice I got said I already had 5 attendance violations which might not have been true, but it listed two and when I checked the official schedule book in HR it had me scheduled for the Sunday between, so that would have been a third. That Sunday was during the week my manager said not to come in. I really should have checked what was on the computer, but that takes almost 5 minutes just to log in.

I refuse to be the initiator of management communications about my attendance, I would have noticed that bit if it was in the employee handbook I read. It is hard enough to find a manager not surrounded with other employees, or running to solve the latest problem, or behind closed doors in a meeting.

Final outcome: I agreed to work a full day Wednesday and a half day on Friday, which are the most common truck days. If no truck comes in I will just turn around and go home. If extra trucks come in, or they arrive on a different day, they can call and see if I am free.
If they schedule me for any other day and complain that I missed a day, they can fire me or I can quit.

Now if they had a complaint that I did my job poorly, then that would be a totally different story. I listen carefully and politely when they talk about that. However, they wouldn't try to bargain for me to stay nearly so much if my performance was part of the problem.
Monday, December 31st, 2007
4:34 pm
Planning to leave Sears...
Extra text from my journal...Collapse )

I'm kinda sorta preparing for life after Sears.  I've already begun looking into jobs elsewhere, retail and non-retail, field related (psychology for me) and non-field related, etc.  Basically, I'm looking for someplace where I can be treated fairly and not like a second-class creature or because I'm not part of the "in-crowd."  I don't brownnose, backscratch in that manner, etc.

I even applied to JCPenney that's coming to the mall and looking for a call any day now... I wouldn't be too surprised if I get hired there, and then that would be a slap in the face for Sears.

My mind's made up to leave Sears now... nothing anybody at Sears could do now will change my mind... nope not even from my favorites and even ones I consider a friend.

(x-posted to my journal)

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, November 4th, 2007
2:52 pm
SLMCA @ #1795
I'm a Softlines MCA at store #1795 (Myrtle Beach).  I've been there since late June of this year.  I actually started out in Fine Jewelry but couldn't stay in that department because of my availability at the time.  So my ASM let me switch to being a MCA, and I've been cool with the position ever since.

As a MCA I often do double-, triple-, and rarely quadruple-duty.  I first and foremost do my usual MCA duties (RAD & RAN, stock, fitting rooms, etc.) and assignments (like pull-lists, MRNs, set-up, etc), but I'll also help in Fine Jewelry (because I trained in FJ), footwear (I got a crash course in FW one night in August), and the cashwraps when cashier assistance is still needed after most of the managers have even jumped in to help at all of our cashwraps (tax-free weekend was a nightmare!).  I've been teased by the SGM a few times that my pay should be doubled when that happens, but I kinda wish sometimes that he could follow through on that or least let me get commission on the jewelry I sell.

I get along with most of my fellow associates... MOST is the keyword there... but I pray before I walk through the MPU doors and clock in and leave Sears at Sears when I clock out.  No other complaints from me though... just pay and some of my fellow associates bother me. Wait, I lied... pay, some associates, all the doggone stock we've got in lately, and the Canadian and Jamaican customers... I especially dislike those rude Jamaican ladies that shop in our store...


I'm preparing for a 31.5hr week plus Family and Friends night...

Current Mood: sore
Monday, August 20th, 2007
1:05 am
Community is pretty dead.
But I work at Sears Staten Island, and am one of the only girls working in Lawn & Garden.

:] Do I feel like one of the guys, or what. I've been at Sears for a couple of months now, and I actually really like my job. I'm pretty good at pitching Protection Agreements, and my manager's one of the greatest women I know.

I work later today, actually. 1:30 to close!

Current Mood: okay
Monday, February 12th, 2007
7:38 pm
future darwin award candidate?
I recently got a star from a manager.
(A star is essentially a thankyou note from a manager that ends up in a weekly drawing for a $5 gift card)
I certainly wasn't trying to get one. And she decided it was so unusual for her to give one that she had to announce it to everyone who was at the meeting just before opening. She did later apologize for embarrasing me.
I was rather shocked when arriving for work at what I saw. Smoking by employees is supposed to be in one place only. Smoking by others is restricted to someplace outside the building. I must also admit there really should be a no smoking sign near the portable propane tanks for sale, but to see someone, who at that hour was most likely an employee, smoking less than 5 feet from the propane tanks rattled me enough to make a comment when I got inside.
As soon as she understood what I was saying, said manager suddenly disappeared. I certainly did not want to ask any questions, but from random comments later I think the person I saw was a company employee but from a different store.
I really don't care if total strangers feel that they have already lived long enough, but I really don't want to be that close when they try that hard to end everything.
Fortunately, there was nothing more exciting to report.
Monday, September 11th, 2006
6:49 pm
OK, so do all of you here like working for Sears beacuse...I work there and I hate it. My first day on the floor was a disaster...I wanted to die. I don't even want to go back now....

Current Mood: depressed
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
5:04 pm
Anybody here work in RTV? I just got hired there after doing my time - 2.5 years of it - in the cage (fine jewelry box).

So no more sales goals, no more credit apps, and no more care plan parity to exceed for me. Although this might be entry into an entirely new world of suck? Being off the front lines, I hope, will be worth it.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
6:52 pm
I'm glad someone posted in here! If you guys don't mind me asking how many credit apps do you get a month? I get about 16-20. But seriously I thought that was decent but my managers are always pushing us to get more and more since there is another CAC lady who gets that in one day. Of course we hear this everyday :(
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