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we should expect...

Monday, June 20, 2016
...that there will be some degree of disapproval from the management, rather than accolades for being so diligent, hardworking and conscientious. I was recently 'counseled' for getting overtime, due to trying to finish tasks, in an effort to clean up after myself rather than leave stuff someone else has to deal with. Making it a certainty there will be repercussions for the latest infraction: working well past the scheduled time for leaving.

I worked over twelve hours on Saturday, getting the prep. area cleaned up and materials put away. Making ready for getting started on Sunday. And went in on Sunday morning to do it all over again. Working over eleven hours, including getting fresh flowers displayed in the floral area. No one else there to do it, with the 'Flower Man' taking a few days off. Freight piles up in the cooler, and needs to be prepped and put out on the sales floor: none of it will sell left in the stock room, where customers cannot access.

In looking at my time, I have put in over twenty four hours in two days. So it's probably going to come back to bite me on the behind at some point...I don't know if there is actually any way to do the right thing here: either do a shoddy job, with work left undone, or do it to the best of your ability and know management will still be critical, unwilling to say: "Great work! Thanks! Here's your little pat on the back!"

Trying to get it all done, so everything is ship-shape, meeting the high standards the company sets to be fully in business, prepared to sell. Seems like it never gets all done, you never finish, completely. I am reminded of living in a house with small children. You hope they will and sleep soundly to give you a chance to get all the clothes washed and put away. You deliberately put them to bed early to give yourself the opportunity to get all their flotsam and jetsam picked up and put away before it starts over.

Everything I deal with at work is 'dated', most with a pretty narrow window of sales opportunity. So if it is not purchased within the predetermined framework, it goes in the trash. Many times things can be salvaged to be donated to the local food bank, but much is too perishable and is removed from inventory and discarded. (Yes, I know: hungry people everywhere. But if it is  not safe to eat, it is not eaten.)  This means those things you assembled on Saturday are either sold or thrown away on Tuesday. Which in turn means, you have to make more on Monday... endless ....

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