Since my last post, I’ve been relocated into our store’s warehouse and I must say that it is FANTASTIC! I don’t know why I never tried to apply for a spot there sooner. I have seen the light and it is warehouse, ladies and gentlemen!
It all began when I went into work one day to work in my old department but before I could even punch in to start, I was pulled aside by one of my store’s managers. He asked if I had picked a department to switch into and after telling him I preferred the warehouse, that department’s supervisor approached me and told me to ignore the following week’s schedule that was already made. I was quite surprised since this was on a Thursday and the new schedule was to start on Sunday. Not a whole lot of time to get myself into the mindset that this was the end. My coworker, Victor, who had been working with me for years in that same department and who had also gotten the assistant supervisor spot, was standing next to me at the time and we both were left somewhat speechless. We figured we had at least another week to work together.
My new supervisor came back and handed me a new schedule and ran down a list of things I was going to be doing the first week. It was all becoming real, really quickly. That Thursday was also the last day Victor and I were going to work together in the same department. At the end of his shift we said some rushed ‘good luck’s and that was that. An end of an era in our department. It was odd. I’ll still see Victor around the store since he was relocated to a different department, too, but it won’t be the same.
Then, on my last day in my department, I was hit with nearly every possible issue and every possible grumpy customer. Do you ever have one of those days? It’s like everyone just waits for that one particular day to bitch and moan. It’s amazing. You can go days without running into problems and then BAM – it hits you all at once. The day when the world says, “Sucks to be you,” and laughs. When I came in to work that day I had been a bit bummed out that I was going to be leaving for the warehouse but by the end of my shift, I couldn’t have been happier. I was reminded about all the perks that went along with getting off the sale’s floor, which is, mainly dealing with assholes.
I was a bit disappointed, however, that my last day wasn’t greeted with a bit more fanfare from my coworkers. I have to admit, I figured that since I had been in the same department for several years and had outlasted most of our employees and managers I would’ve had a free lunch or something. Not that I deserve one because I’m awesome or anything, but my work rewards people for just showing up and doing their job. Oh well.
Then Sunday rolls around and it’s my first day in the warehouse. And holy shit is it a sweet gig. Granted, nothing in retail is rocket science but warehouse is so laidback and fun thanks to the relative freedom you have back there. There are no customers to really deal with and most management won’t bother me unless they need something done around the store, so right off the bat it already rocks. Plus, I was out early that first shift and had the rest of the day to enjoy while most of my coworkers were just showing up.
Since there are more people working in warehouse than my old department, a lot of the work was also divided up a lot more than it would’ve been. I’m also enjoying the fact that I can now give the salespeople shit just because I can.
For example, if somebody comes into the warehouse for no apparent reason, I now typically say something like, “Hey, who said you could come into my warehouse?” To which a warehouse associate would normally go, “YOU’RE warehouse? You’ve been here for less than a week!”
Apparently, being a dick suits me.
I also don’t go into work dreading what possible issues I might have to face. That was always the worst. The work isn’t hard but when you have people who complicate it with issues and complaints for no real reason, it’s the pits. There’s nothing like that – so far – in the warehouse.
Now, I’m sure that the warehouse will have its drawbacks. It’s retail. However, all I’m going to do is remind myself of that very last day in my old department and all of the bullshit I had to deal with and I’ll know that I’ll have it so much easier than I ever had.
I’ll go into the changes in-depth in a later entry. I just thought I’d update on the change and my initial reactions.
More soon from the frontlines...