February 10, 2012 - meganxrachelle
One of the most memorable nights …
I have been working at my Target store since September 2011. I got hired right before the holiday season, but was not seasonal. I was cross-trained in softlines, hardlines, and cashiering. I was taught how to push CAFs, work the fitting room, work in electronics, and even put the phones on overhead! How enjoyable my days were at Target before the holidays started.
When I was hired, I was warned by the ETL that there would be nights we would not get out until midnight .. especially with the upcoming holiday season. I agreed, yes, I can see how this is possible. I understand. I have worked in retail before, I know the demands. I know guests can be rude, I know I’ll be expected to run my butt off for little pay, I understand that there will be little appreciation. Regardless, I have found that Target is one of the only places I know of that will allow a full-time college student to work 40 hours a week. How lucky am I?
Now, working from 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. doesn’t seem like a big deal right? Well it is. We did that almost every night I worked from December 14th until December 23rd. It was the holidays, team morale was low, and we knew what was just around the corner … But either way, when I was asked to work on Christmas Eve (because Target Corp. decided that it would be more beneficial to stay open until 9 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. on a holiday), I figured, ‘Well, I don’t have children, I’m single, I can work no problem.’ Then, upon finding out that we would receive a ONE DOLLAR BONUS from the hours of 5-9 p.m. that day, I was almost OVERCOME with giddiness. How thoughtful of you Target. It’s funny … most places give workers time and a half on those days.
Well, the holidays are now over. It’s February and we are still making at least $10-20,000 over our sales every night. The only difference? Instead of 5 team members in hardlines and 5 in softlines, there is now only 1 in softlines (ME) and 2 in hardlines. God bless us. On the night aforementioned in particular, I was graced with the presence of my ETL and a TL. The TL’s boyfriend worked the day shift and had so graciously left her some work to be completed during the night shift. So she took that offer, leaving me the 5 carts of reshop, the two full rails, and the entire department to zone. The ETL, whom was celebrating her birthday that night, sat in the HR office on the computer until 10 p.m. That night it was so busy, that I was running back-up (we only had 2 closing cashiers), helping with carts, taking guest calls in electronics, hardlines, and softlines, and pushing CAFs from the back room. The best part? I walked in on my ETL and TL sitting down to their delicious dinner of take-out from a local restaurant. They were sitting there for my entire 30 minute lunch, and were still there 2 hours later when I went on my last 15 minute break. Also, after telling them that there was still lots of work to be completed, I was reprimanded for not taking my breaks on time. Sorry, I was assisting guests and running register. My apologizes, oh so humble and compassionate leaders of Target.
Needless to say, both the TL and ETL must’ve gotten bored playing solitare and painting each others toenails, so they came out and superzoned the bathing suits while I finished up Ready-to-wear, GBI, Mens and Shoes, Accessories, Activewear, and Sleepwear. As they superzoned, they left an entire cart of bathing suits to be put back in the correct spots .. by me.
We left at 12:30 that night. Also, I went from working 40 hours/week during the holidays to 30 afterwards, down to 20 last week. It’s dropped to a whopping 8 hours this week. We’re making sales, I’m sure we have enough flex hours, where are the hours? Oh. That’s right. I forgot the ETL, STL, and TL bowling trip was this week. So I figure that’s where they’ll be. I’m glad you all get to go bowling for a day and we get to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the break room for a reward for our “hard work and dedication throughout the holiday season.”
Anyone have Gregg Steinhafel’s number?