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January 19, 2009

We Choose not to Participate in the Recession!

That's what every email (from our Regional Manager) closes with...

This past week is a good example of that, and while I try to never be negative on here, especially about work related things, here are a few examples of our refusal to participate:

Our fiscal year starts in September, over four months ago. I was just informed (only after I initiated an email to our HR Business Partner asking him about it) that as of September 1st, I was no longer "Bonus Eligible". Now mind you, my bonus this past year was almost 1/6th of my base salary. Maybe someone should have told me a few months ago?

WE CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECESSION!

This past Friday, we lost our Sales and Merchandise Manager due to cutbacks, additionally our Inventory Control Associate was laid off. All the other stores in our region laid off their Customer Service Supervisors and their ICA's. Most stores handled their own lay-offs, but our Regional Manager came to our store personally.

WE CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECESSION!

On Saturday, I was reviewing some upcoming TV ads the company was running yesterday and today, in all markets. I noticed the closing script said "Shop Monday 9 to 9" and wondered if it was a typo. I called the GM in a neighboring store and asked what time he was opening on Monday, he responded "10am". I directed his attention to the ad and asked if he had gotten any direction, email, or bulletin that informed us we were to open early? NOPE! He said he would contact our Regional Manager and verify...

About a half hour later we got an email reminding us all that we open an hour early on Monday... and of course he ended his email with:

WE CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECESSION!

Apparently there have been other cuts at the Corporate level too, maybe the person responsible for notifying the stores that we were to open an hour early today??? While "we" choose not to "participate" in the recession, it seems pretty clear "we" are CONTRIBUTING to it...

OK, I have said my piece... Over and "Out" on the day before our 44th President gets sworn into office and on the MLK Holiday, from Chesapeake, VA

2 comments:

manxxman said...

Maybe they were retired?

Peter said...

Hope you're not next in the 'contribution'

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