I’m Soooo Tired!
I have been working almost non stop for three weeks now. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things that I need to do and I don’t have enough employees to do them all. It’s crazy!
I’m trying to hire some more people but you truly have to jump through hoops to hire someone to work in a dollar store. No wonder half of the country is unemployed. I can’t just hand out an application and let someone take it home and fill it out. They have to fill it out in the store and when they are done I have to pull the computer table out of the office and sit them down and have them take a DBA, which is a Desired Behavior Analysis. About a quarter of the people that take that test do not have the “desired behavior” to work at the dollar store. Really? Then they run a back ground check on everyone that works there and another quarter get lost on that one. Then half the people that can pass all of that don’t want the job because it’s minimum wage and I can’t offer them more than 12 or 15 hours a week and not always that much, depending on the position.
Over the last three weeks one of my assistant managers quit without notice (I think I told you about that), then one of my lead cashiers broke her ankle (I may have told you about that too), and then I fired my shithead cashier (that I wanted to get rid of anyway). That knocked out three of the eight people I had working there. With almost half of the staff gone I am getting further and further behind so I’m choosing my battles. There are a million little detail things that it would be nice to have done and Corporate insists be done every day because they are important to them, but I’m doing what is important to me and leaving the rest. What’s important to me is to put merchandise on the shelves so people have something to buy. Apparently, my way works because I was number one in sales in the district on Thursday last week and number two in the district in sales for the week last week. Ha! I love that.
So, even though I am exhausted and feel like I’m driving a sinking ship some days I must be doing something right to do that with half a staff of people. Oh yeah, and for the hours I’m putting in, I’m probably doing it for about $5.00 an hour. I don’t let anyone complain about what they make because I assure them that even at minimum wage they are making more than I am right now! lol
Anyway, hopefully by the end of the week I will have two new people in place and can start training them. That means it will still be a couple of more weeks before I can actually get any kind of production out of them and definitely that long before I can actually take a whole day off work.
I really miss you guys!