Working Retail: professionalism…

Retail is the most unprofessional environment you will ever work.

Seriously.

Everyone thinks they’re allowed a peak into your personal life just because you see them 10 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Everyone gossips and interdates and shares confidential information.

Am I guilty of some of this? Sure.

I told everyone I could about how a coworker threatened to assault me because he didn’t like the way I was talking to him. I told them because I was afraid for my safety and the more people I could have be witness to an event the better.

But lately, my managers have been completely unprofessional and rude to me, for no reason other than he stays out too late and comes in completely hungover. A girl on my stocker team is trying to get another girl fired over their boyfriends.

I went into my personnel office to fill out paperwork and my manager and the training coordinator proceeded to talk in front of me about another associate’s attendance record and personnel paperwork. In front of me.

This past week, I asked my manager to call 2 customers about an issue that had been resolved in our network. He told me, in front of customers, that he didn’t have time to call customers, that he was too busy. I admittedly got frustrated with him and snapped at him. I then got chastised by another manager about having said conversation in front of customers.

In short, professionalism doesn’t exist in retail. And what can you really expect from a group of people who are little more than high school graduates and have never left their hometowns and now think that being a manager at a big box retailer is hot shit.

Maybe I’m kidding myself into thinking that one day I can walk into work and get mutual respect and consideration. Or I’ve just jumped off the deep end finally.

Share some of your horrifying experiences where a manager straight up embarrassed you or shared confidential info or even put you in a position where you felt that had to act outside of a professional capacity.

Spite not sugar…

Remember when you were having a hard time in elementary school with someone and you would ask your parents for help and they would say ‘kill them with kindness?’

And remember how frustrated you were because Stacy was not going to be nice to you first and why should you be nice first to some dumb slide-hog? And you would moan ‘but mom, killing her with kindness isn’t going to work!’ And you were right, because your mom had never met Stacy or knew what a raging cold-hearted bitch she was.

But then as you grew up, it was still the same advice of ‘kill them with kindness’. Well, do I have news for you friends.

You can now cut them from your life spitefully and still live a great life.

But that’s not the only place I’m going with Spite. Spite is what makes the world go round, not kindness. You don’t see drug lords and politicians being nice to regular people 9 times out of 10. You don’t see your managers at work being completely nice to everyone.

Maybe you’re afraid to take that leap into being a bitter hag like me. So let me tell you a thing; hate is just as passionate as love. You get as much emotional energy from hating something as you do loving something. So why not live in spite of everything?

When you harness spite as an emotional energy source, you feel more motivated to get shit done just so you don’t have to do it again. You feel more pressure from yourself to get that stupid meeting over with or to finish up that dumb project with so-and-so.

I live in spite of my foundations. I decided that I hated how I grew up and the foundations my family provided so I decided I was going to turn that hate into something productive. When I finally finish school, I’ll be the first doctor in my entire family. The first.

To hell with all the bullshit ‘good vibes only’ and ‘thinking positive’. I’m positive I’m going to get further than half of those wackos who only want to be positive and I’m positive I’ll have better emotional health because I’m not trying to push aside my negative thoughts or my ‘bad’ emotions.

I want you all to give me an example of how killing with kindness has worked for you, because in all my life and all my experiences I’ve never seen it work. So comment below and tell me why I’m wrong.

Working Retail: Job Hunting

I think you can figure out where this post is going.

Job hunting while you already work retail.

How do you avoid another retail position?

How do you break out of a retail cycle of bouncing between retail to retail to fast food to retail to food service to fast food to retail etc?

How is it even possible?

That’s where I come in. I’ve done job hunting. I’m sure we all have. But how do you get out of the hellhole of retail?

Start simple. Sign up on a job board, like Indeed, and keep your eyes peeled. Be patient. As soon as something even remotely plausible comes up, apply.

How do you know if you are even remotely qualified for a job?

Little tip: doesn’t matter, apply anyways. The worst that can happen is they don’t call back. The best that can happen is they have you come in for an interview.

Apply for anything and everything that comes in and fits your schedule.

And what if you do get an interview? Go. Schedule it as soon as you can. If this means calling in for a day, do it. If you’re job searching, then obviously this place hasn’t done right by you and you don’t really owe them anything.

Does it suck? Sure. It sure fucking sucks. But sometimes to get better, to be in a better place, you have to go through some shit.

Working Retail: What to do when you feel like quitting…

Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I can offer only a few words of advice on this. Mostly because of the fact that the last three times this issue has come up, I’m rejected my own advice. So maybe one of you will have more common sense than me.

Quit. Just quit and move on.

Maybe you’re the overly responsible type like me and just can’t quit. So what do you do now?

Step 1: Find a new job. Seems hard and scary, but it will save you the headaches and emotional detachment that comes with working retail. Take advantage of having days off in the middle of the week to get interviews. Take advantage of the fact that you have some of the best customer service experience out there and people will kill for that. Take advantage of the fact that you can have flexible hours and can work well with others (if on paper).

Step 2: Quit. Just like that. Put in your two weeks if you’d like, but honestly, if you burn that bridge on the way out of the door, you’ll be less likely to want to return to that hellpit that is retail.

It’s that easy. I promise. The hard part comes in finding another job and worrying that job is going to be just as bad as a retail job.

Just have a little faith that anything will be better than retail. How do I know?
I’ve worked so many other places and retail is by far the worst. So don’t worry when an equally-shitty job pops up. Anything that can get you out is a win.