Recent Corporate Changing of Schedules 10-09 (part 1)

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Texas Minx in Austin, Texas

59 months ago

Has this been happening in your stores? I'm in an Austin, Texas store and recently (first of October) we were told "corporate" just made some new SOP guidlines on scheduling and they are now going into effect.
Here's my story: I'm a part-timer at the service desk and been with the company (at two different stores) for 6 years. Even though I was part-time I was able to work almost full-time hours (32-35 hours) anytime I wanted. There was only two "slow times" at our store (usually right after summer and right before spring where we were told to stick closer to our "scheduled" hours. Well, those days are over!!!!
With the economy and the fact that we were told our former store manager (who, by the way, got a promotion) was "hiding associate hours" for some time and was warned by District HR etc....that all part-timers had to adhere stricly to only 20 hours per week. Also, even if full-timers wanted to be nice and give up some of their hours to part-timers or the store in general to try to save jobs etc....NO CAN DO! Some of our full-timers who didn't really need the money, and wanted more time with their families etc...were willing to give up 5 hours a week or so. They would still be full-time with 35 hours...but corporate wouldn't let them do it. They said they pay for their full-time benefits...so by gosh, they were going to work 40 hours schedules a week.
Furthermore, the part-timers that were making their bills with the extra hours were now being told that there was no end-in-sight with the 20 hour a week mandate. This was permanent (and Christmas around the corner). The part-timers, like me were told they could get another part-time job etc. Well, when some of us had no choice and started doing so...we were struck again with another "corporate" decision.
*** running out of room....will continue with second forum on this!

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astro Galvston in washington, District of Columbia

59 months ago

Texas Minx in Austin, Texas said: Has this been happening in your stores? I'm in an Austin, Texas store and recently (first of October) we were told "corporate" just made some new SOP guidlines on scheduling and they are now going into effect.
Here's my story: I'm a part-timer at the service desk and been with the company (at two different stores) for 6 years. Even though I was part-time I was able to work almost full-time hours (32-35 hours) anytime I wanted. There was only two "slow times" at our store (usually right after summer and right before spring where we were told to stick closer to our "scheduled" hours. Well, those days are over!!!!
With the economy and the fact that we were told our former store manager (who, by the way, got a promotion) was "hiding associate hours" for some time and was warned by District HR etc....that all part-timers had to adhere stricly to only 20 hours per week. Also, even if full-timers wanted to be nice and give up some of their hours to part-timers or the store in general to try to save jobs etc....NO CAN DO! Some of our full-timers who didn't really need the money, and wanted more time with their families etc...were willing to give up 5 hours a week or so. They would still be full-time with 35 hours...but corporate wouldn't let them do it. They said they pay for their full-time benefits...so by gosh, they were going to work 40 hours schedules a week.
Furthermore, the part-timers that were making their bills with the extra hours were now being told that there was no end-in-sight with the 20 hour a week mandate. This was permanent (and Christmas around the corner). The part-timers, like me were told they could get another part-time job etc. Well, when some of us had no choice and started doing so...we were struck again with another "corporate" decision.
*** running out of room....will continue with second forum on this!

The only solution is get union and you will get the respect you deserve.

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hardworkin lady in California, California

59 months ago

Hello fellow Depot'er :) I agree with your union assessment completely but disagree with some of the tone of your posts. You may have more success communicating your point of view with delicacy rather than pointing out your earnings (I know master spec have a high wage range, I hired two in at over $27). Dont you feel it may be off-putting for some poor part-timer working for $8? Not everyone is afforded the same location/education opprotunities. I'm just trying to point out that, while some people here may be disgruntled associates, an interested potentially talented person considering Depot may be turned off by the tone of your missives. It could seem to be a "corporate-paid plant" (which we know doesn't exist - come on! Depot isnt going to pay people to troll the net) instead of a well meaning apparently happy associate, which I believe you are. Just some food for thought.

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masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California

59 months ago

hardworkin lady in California, California said: Hello fellow Depot'er :) I agree with your union assessment completely but disagree with some of the tone of your posts. You may have more success communicating your point of view with delicacy rather than pointing out your earnings (I know master spec have a high wage range, I hired two in at over $27). Dont you feel it may be off-putting for some poor part-timer working for $8? Not everyone is afforded the same location/education opprotunities. I'm just trying to point out that, while some people here may be disgruntled associates, an interested potentially talented person considering Depot may be turned off by the tone of your missives. It could seem to be a "corporate-paid plant" (which we know doesn't exist - come on! Depot isnt going to pay people to troll the net) instead of a well meaning apparently happy associate, which I believe you are. Just some food for thought.

appreciate the input, but I can't help but to get emotional at times at some of these disgruntled former employees that want to push a union agenda

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hardworkin lady in California, California

59 months ago

masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California said: appreciate the input, but I can't help but to get emotional at times at some of these disgruntled former employees that want to push a union agenda

Understood, and I agree on the Union issue. Having seen one in action and seeing how little benefit my employees got, how much they paid for the priviledge and losing the ability to personally manage my own team, I am not a supporter. They have a place (mines and trucking) and retail isn't it.
By the way, to the poster on the schedules - I am sorry to say that these scheduling guildelines are in effect until further notice. I know from a personal point of view it seems unfair. I think trying to balance profitability and performance at a corporate level they sometimes forget the very hard working people in the apron :) That is where the Store Management team and DM's should push back some and come to a compromise. It sounds like your store is very close and has great teamwork - for full timers to offer up some of their hours is exceptional. From any company's prospective though, it is a risk. the full timers could lose thier benefits and some part timers could become elligible. Not saying its necessarily positive morale wise but it is not a bad fiscal decison which is what they primarily look at.
And as someone who is ver familiar with union's, I have yet to see one negotiate RESPECT into a contract.

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retiredhd in hoffman estates, Illinois

51 months ago

Masterspec you are overplayed and over-opinionated---the news is that they are getting rid of the electrical and plumbing specialists. The word is that the specialists will become assistant department managers or department managers or be asked to leave. The special arrangements for hours, scheduling, and other original accommodations including wage arrangements will be phased out. This just occurred in an Illinois store.

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retiredhd in hoffman estates, Illinois

51 months ago

JUST TO REMIND YOU OF YOUR OWN QUOTE " wow, so much anger. yeah your store is a big box, big deal, we were until this year. we're only 5 million from high volume status. I have already jumped through all the hoops for asm, I'm just waiting for an opening. I used to run a million dollar/yr business, but the current economy sux. Thank God for the HD giving me a good job, the best part is I get to have dinner with my family, and I don't have to line up work, or live on the phone my whole life. You guys truly don't know what a sucky job really is. I remember my family going on vacation without me, cause I had too much work to do. Now I make almost 60k and I don't remember the last time I broke a sweat. I can't help but to praise the HD for all my blessings." Lots of us dirty aprons never went a day without breaking a sweat.

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