Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

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Life Update

February 9, 2009

I do not have anything too deep to post about today, so I will give you a rundown of some of the random things that have been happening:

  • Had my Facebook profile disabled for some yet-unstated reason.  I am still trying to get some kind of response from Facebook other than the initial auto-response message.
  • Kept up on all my homework and most of my reading.  (Business Law is an interesting course but REALLY dry reading.)
  • Watched some Hulu on my 22″ LCD monitor (Christmas gift from my wife) on my Ubuntu box using Boxee.  Now I just need Netflix to get their act together and support Linux.
  • Got a new general manager at work.  I think he will work out better than if the interim general manager had stayed.
  • Nursed my wife through her bout of flu.  Now I just hope I do not get sick.
  • I think we are cancelling a trip to New Jersey because my wife missed two days of work this week.  It is kind of a bummer, but I get another Dungeons & Dragons game in this way.
  • I have not been able to have lunch with my friend Chris, but due to the pending trip cancellation, I might be able to this week.
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Cutting Back At Work

January 24, 2009

So, at work yesterday we were informed of the changes to our benefits.  They “suspended” our 401(k) match until such time we achieve “predictable profitablility.”  They also increased the cost of our insurance $5 every two weeks.

At least MY coverage did not change.  They cut back the coverage on our part-time employees a lot, though.

We also let go most of our seasonal employees, even though we usually keep a good half to three quarters of them.  So, hopefully these are not signs of us being in too dire of straights.

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A Weird Day At Work

January 16, 2009

Our general manager was fired while I was on vacation.  He is a friend, and he is the one that gave me a job without question when I needed to change jobs in order to go back to school.  Today was my first day back after vacation, and there was a bit of a void there today. 

Still, things have to continue on.  We wonder who will be our new general manager.  The company closed a few stores in the area, so we most likely will end up with a manager from one of them.

So, here is fingers crossed for a good outcome from all of this upheaval.

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Unions?

November 25, 2008

One group being blamed for the Big Three automakers is unions.  They demand high wages, pensions, great healthcare, and a number of other concessions.  The UAW drives up the cost of producing cars, reducing the margin the US automakers make on every car, raising the price of cars, or both.  Are they worth it?

In general, unions have been a good force in the labor market.  Even though I do not work in a unionized store and have never been a member of a union, I have seen some benefits from them.  My workplace is safer than it might be because of safety laws inspired by unions.  I also probably make more money than I would be if unions had not existed.

However, I feel that some unions have outlived their usefulness.  I think the UAW may very well be one of these unions.  As I stated in the last post, the Big Three pay a lot more per hour to their employees than the Japanese car makers do.  The union is giving the Japanese car makers a competative advantage over their employers.  It is a case of biting the hand tha feeds you.

I think the UAW needs to take a serious look at how it can help Ford, GM and Chrysler reduce their labor costs and still provide suitable pay and benefits.  Everyone is going to have to give something up if they are going to stay in business.

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Apparently I Live In A Dream World

August 10, 2008

Today I got to deal with another problem-customer.  This one found a sign a few days ago that listed a wine $5 less than its actual price.  So, we gave her that price that day.  Supposedly the manager that modified the price told the customer the $5 less price was the real price.  It is not.

So, when the customer came back today to buy the wine again, she was expecting to get the wine at the cheaper price.  However, the sign was not up this time, so we would not give her the cheaper price.

When I told her that the manager probably checked the price after she left and found out the price it rings up as is the real price and got rid of the sign, the customer’s response was, “You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you?”  So, apparently I live in this fantasy world where the prices in the computer are the real prices, not the prices that managers tell customers, like in the real world.  Oh, and apparently in this fantasy world I live in, prices do not stay the same forever, like they do in the real world.  Also, in my fantasy world, if someone tries to get something $5 cheaper than they should, they are ripping me off for $5, unlike in the real world it is not.

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Inappropriate Questions In The Workplace

July 25, 2008

I have been known to ask the odd question at work.  For instance, I once asked a co-worker if she had a rough night last night, because she looked tired.  It was not completely kosher, but it also was not overly terrible.

Now for a doozy that was unleashed yesterday.  A little background:  we have a girl working for us who is home for the summer from college.  One of the stock crew has had a bit of a crush on her.  Yesterday he asked her if she was going to be pregnant next year.

Yeah, you got me.  I think he was trying to flirt with her, but I really do not understand how that was supposed to entice her to go on a date with him.

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When Work Intrudes On My TV Watching

July 8, 2008

Last night was another great episode of Weeds.  However, the ending made me cringe.  Not because of what happened on-screen, but because of the closing song:  Celia.  I hear it almost every day at work.  I am tired of it; so, so tired of it.  I cracked my wife up, though, when I started to sing along with it.  I even started up right on beat!