Manager is Not a Boss

These are things I have to remind myself when in a work place. They help me remember myself and my standing  and they keep me centered my career goals and my self respect.  The stuff on this page may not be correct for you at all in any way, but for me this is what keeps me moving and not being pigeon holed into a position I do not want to hold in a job.

My personal reminders:
Your manager in your workplace is an organizer, not a leader, not a boss.
The manager is a scheduler who gets minimal bookkeeping duties to fill their time.
The manager is the boss’s tattle tale. You do things that are against company policy, the manager’s duty is to tell on you. You can not be upset with the manager for doing this. It is one of their expected tasks and duties.
The manager of the place you work at has zero authority over you and your beliefs, as long as you are doing what needs to be done.
When a manager has to tell you they are your boss, inform them “The boss is the one that signs my checks and the one you have to go to, to get permission to fire me or give me a raise, when was the last time you gave me a raise again?”.
The manager is the most dependable person who is the least fit for the rest of the jobs. Basically they show up everyday and have some knowledge of the services provided but is too big of train wreck (or slow worker too) to be of any use elsewhere. Or that person would be used to perform the services.

The assistant manager is the person doing all of the work that the manager should do. basically the managers lackey who walks around telling the manager how cool he/she is. Has zero authority.

How to be a Manager – Sad Truth

Sad to say…all of the websites and articles you see or have seen or read, and all of the “work hard and earn your keep” content that tells you that working hard pays off, is extremely untrue. From retail jobs to trade skill careers, all managers are where they are because of a friend or a family member.
By today’s standards and the loopholes of society, 98% of management are in position because they have a higher up in the company.
These people are the least eligible employees and the most useless to the company; but, they possibly show up on time may never miss days.
No one earns management. Why would they take their hardest working employee and pull them out of their current position?

If you are a manager and you think differently, then you are selectively ignoring the fact that the area manager is the one who gave you that spot and you have or had a friendship or relationship with that manager.

Things to remember when you are a manager
You are not a boss. You are an organizer and the employees depend on you to have things organized.
You are not a leader. You are the person who makes the schedule, there is nothing you are leading here. NOTHING.
If people refuse to follow your schedule, you take it to your superior.

So the truth is: You will not become a manager; you will not get a raise from earning your keep. You will get your raise and/or promotion to management position by who you know.

With that said, if you are not a manager, then you are not friendly with the person who makes people managers, and you need to be.

 

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10 Reasons why you can’t hang on to employees

Sometimes an employee is just a bad employee or bad person. Often the person leaving a company truly feels as if they are being abused and mistreated or the working conditions and pay are not up to their standards.
For this article let’s just imagine a bunch of good employees leaving the company for reasons that have nothing to do with them other than them saying “I’ve had it, I’m out, forget this I quit”.
You might want to consider this if you have tried all other reasons and they don’t ever resolve the issue of people quitting and you constantly having to fill their spot.

10. Bad apple. You could have a bad apple in the bunch tainting the group with negativity that is unnecessary. Usually this guy has been around for a good while and is completely a different person around the upper staff.
9. Poor equipment. vehicles that break down a lot. Bad printer that never gets fixed. Bad tools that never get replaced but get new wads of tape every week.
8. Bad Hours.
7. Hostile environment. You have one or more employees that intimidate other employees or try to.
6. No reward system. Rewarding employees will help with moral.
5. Rare/irregular raises. You don’t give raises on a regular basis.
4. Runt of the group. The guy hired last gets all of the junk equipment. Told to do all of the grunt work and not ever getting any of the good work or any credit for the completion of a job.
3. Absence of a leader. Someone is in charge and gives commands but does not communicate with employees.
2. Boisterous Management. Be it they bring things to work all of the time that the employees could never afford, or they are rude to the employees and treat them as if they are inferior.
1. Your managers are your friends and their position is well upheld. On the basis that you are never going to fire them. It would be awkward to fire your friends.

Now these aren’t the only reasons people leave. and they may not be the reason that your employees quit, but in my experience these are the least talked about and most common reasons people quit a job. However i have seen a few articles where they run through a list of reasons people quit but they all seem to say the same things, things I never experienced. So i had to make this list. The reasons why most people quit. Other than other personal issues such as someone slept with someone’s spouse.

Your Value and Employement Status

1743621_10152939462053631_4900759173207350112_n Though we can’t just go leaving a job that pays, to taking nothing because we want more, we do need to hang onto the idea that we are always worth more than what a paying employer sees us at. Well some of you aren’t, but the most of us are.
Remember to know your value and keep the search for a job that pays you what you deserve.

I Worked With Walmart

It’s been a few years since I worked at Walmart. Wasn’t the most pleasant time in my life, but it was better to have weird brainwashed job than have no job. So I tried to stick it out.
I made it about 8 months I think.
While I was working at Walmart, I had a few experiences I didn’t count on.

What I noticed while working at Walmart:

Lawyer Bait
There are a lot of people willing to get an employee fired so they can sue Walmart. Even the other employees. Once when I was pulling a pallet stacked about 7 feet high, a lady stepped in front of me and just stood there, and every time I tried to get her attention she would turn away from me. I noticed a weird tugging, which I assumed was another employee pushing (sometimes if someone has a heavy load, the person pulling a pallet behind them will extend body weight to help push). So I lowered the jack to walk around and tell him to hold up. I get back there and there was a customer trying to pull my stacked pallet down onto herself.

Mass management
There are way too many cooks in the kitchen
If the highest up manager tells you to do something, all of the managers down the line will try and get you to do something else. This will get you in trouble, not the trickle down managers. If you work harder and get both things solved, the higher manager knows which manager was in charge of that extra duty and gives them credit for it. Not you.

Insurance
Insurance used to be great back then. People I know that are there now say it is bad. Very bad.

Manager’s Holiday
Like all retail…. All managers get every holiday off not the employees.

Retailionaires
Managers try to project the image that they are doing well. So they show up with big gold necklaces, break themselves with some extravagant car they can’t afford to finance. Yeah nice Mercedes. Or Lexus or whatever. You can always tell which managers make the least and which make the most by the amount of jewelery they wear to work.

Celebrations
one thing for sure, Walmart does a great job on celebrating. but it is humdrum and you get treated like you are in the food line at the shelter. With a smile.

Thieves
Yes the cashiers get treated like thieves. Cameras everywhere. but truth is, there was a need for the cameras.

The great creators
For some reason Walmart managers tell their employees that walmart made everything.They mention it once. then a week or so later they will mention it again. it’s always something different. Fishing lures, trailer hitches blah blah.

Don’t talk to the old ones
Don’t talk to the employees who have been there the longest. They are the ones who convince everyone else to quit. There is a reason why they have been there the longest.

Don’t park up front
Park far away from the doors but in view of the Walmart invented security cameras. Park too close up front ands you will come back to your car looking dimply like an orange.

How to get a better job

There comes a time when your place of employment no longer does it for you. For me, it’s the income. For others it could be bad atmosphere, more time, wanting more out of life or the desire to travel. Really there are millions of issues that people find to need something more. but again, for me it is money. So this will be all about money. Maybe you can use some of this in some way to relate to your needs.

First thing you have to do is don’t give in and “just wing it”. You have to write things down. No applied job gets any variation of your information. All jobs you apply for get the same information. Remember this.

Now. On a piece of paper, write down all of the locations with in a decently short travel/commute from where you live that you would love to work. For me I stop at 5 places. and I aim pretty darn high. a bit out of my abilities high.

Now draw a line and start a new list. A list of places to work that are similar to the place I am currently or recently employed. This number gets up to about 20. (If you can’t get 20, that’s fine.)

Now, head over to one of the big job search sites and look for the names of the first 5 places and start applying as accurate as can be, and mention the items I know I can do that are related to that work, which I have never really been paid to do them. EX: if you want to wait tables, and frequently walk a 10k for charity, pretty good idea to mention that. And clarify that you can handle being on your feet.

Everything you write into the first site’s application save it in word-pad and title it accordingly. Now on to the second site and paste in the information as needed. If there is a new question, add that to your word-pad crib note, to be prepared for the next job application.

Once all of the 5 sites are knocked out, it is time to search for the businesses similar to current/recent employment. Now some of these will not be in the job search sites. So now move on to Google and look for that company. Find their “now hiring” or contact page and email the word-pad page or copy and paste it into the contact form if that’s the way they work. Ask for more than what you were denied at previous location. Negotiate down to your needed number. Works just like a pawnshop.but do not say it is negotiable on the application. Or they will start extremely low. Half if they think they can.
While on the contact page, copy their name and number into another word-pad page. Call them as soon as you send. and ask to have them email you an application. If they say they aren’t hiring or don’t have one to email, don’t give up on them. That could be a guy worried about getting replaced. Let them ask you want your qualifications are or whatever questions. Don’t start shoveling stuff out there. If the person does not ask you any questions who cares, this could be anyone in the office. Anyone. if they start asking you questions about your abilities, look at your first cheat-sheet and say the name of said skills, don’t go into detail on each item unless asked. If you get asked, don’t give up trade secrets, but do identify that you know what you are doing. Again, this could be anyone.

When you get the job application, save it to your desktop and fill the application out, then print the job application, and email the desktop saved completed version back to them.

The following day, you will spend the day driving to the places that actually sent you the follow up application email and start dropping off the printed out job applications.
Dress nice, and be clean shaved and combed/brushed. Black slacks and white shirt with white undershirt. all tucked in and best newest belt with shiny yet simple buckle. Not some big cowboy buckle, just something clean. Do not wear tennis shoes. Even if you are applying for a mechanic shop. Never wear tennis shoes/sneakers. in the south, boots are just fine. In the mid, loafers. In the north east black dress shoes. In the south you can wear any of those but the boots seem to work best.

Most of the time, if you have spoken with someone and had them send you a job application, they are a little open to hiring someone. Meeting them face to face and seeing they know what they are talking about, will make getting the job almost certain.

On the third day, you will have to spread out further and find super awesome jobs, a bit further from home than the first 5. and for the 20, you have to find similar but not the same. Maybe by now a few more applications showed up in your email. So now you can knock out a few more.

Rinse and repeat. You should get a call or a permanent handshake before the second week.

I know this all sounds like stuff you should know or you already know. Why aren’t you doing it now? I’m not asking for cash and this page was 100% free to you . So no… Nothing here is guaranteed. Just trying to help you find a job. this goal is find a job that pays a bunch. If one of the first five reply then you just stepped up on so many levels. If the others reply, you just started making more money.

Posting about work onto the internet

So you have something funny to post about on the internet related to your work place.
You should reconsider posting such items.
In many accounts, people have lost their jobs due to work related posts on the web. Be it youtube facebook or reddit, you stand a chance of these getting big, you making very little to no money from the popularity of this content, and something identifiable being in the content to get you fired.

Considering being an I.T. guy – Warning

The mentality of the people who pay I.T.

Everything works. Why are we paying you guys?
Something broke. Why are we paying you guys?

Don’t work for the I.T. department. Work at an I.T. company. You’ll get a bonus.

If you are not working for a company who brings in revenue from I.T., You’re nothing but an expense. You are the equivalent of a janitor.

about end users… no matter what happens, everything is our fault.

Everything works because you’re paying us.
You’re paying us to fix something you guys broke.

The best thing is if something goes down on xmas day, guess who has to come into work? Oh ya the one guy that never even got a bonus.

Morning Commute

iworkwithTime to start the day.
You have played your battle of wits and nerves with the alarm clock and it’s glitch called the “snooze button”. You realize that if you did it too long, the alarm clock will just give up and you … well you the victor are now the idiot who is running late to work.

  • Pants? check
  • Shirt? Check
  • Socks? They don’t match but your feet will be warm, Check.
  • Feed the cat.. can’t forget to feed the cat
  • Car keys? Check
  • Laptop bag? Check
  • Grab your morning coffee? Check

 

and Away we go.
First thing you notice is the neighbor across the street has guests over and they are parked in the street, making your morning back up, a bit of a task. No problem, I’ve got this. Nope… okay pull up a little and turn the wheel now back up while turning wheel the other way (and repeat).
You pull to the end of the street and stop at the stop sign and wait for the cars to pass, so you sip your coffee. Bitter but after a couple of sips you normally begin to enjoy it. Okay your break is coming up. After this car. Why is he slowing down? Is he turning? no… He’s going.. .. awe man, he’s going to stop right in fricken front of you. If the crazy guy on the corner would cut those stupid bushes you would see that there is a long line, waiting on the red light that never sympathizes. Well okay. Another sip of that dang coffee. Probably not enough time to change the radio or flick around facebook on the phone, so just sip that coffee. Oh good they’re moving now, but here comes a new herd of “back of the neighborhood cattle”, just in time to park in front of you again. That’s fine just back up before this guy coming down the road blocks you in, you can always leave at the other end of the street. You turn around and look in your mirror. The guy never even stopped at the sign. They just let him shoot right through.
Okay, on the main road now.
Three open lanes Nice plush ride in the dark. Woo hoo. I’ll just move over one lane for this guy that just pulled out. Plenty of road for both of us. Nope he’s a racer. Why is this guy speeding up? Okay I will slow down and set cruise control and let this guy go. Must be in a hurry or something.Hmm. Wonder why he decided to slow down and ride right next to me. Maybe something’s wrong with my car and he’s over there freaking out trying to get my attention. Better turn down the radio and stare at the gauges for a second. Just a tad too dark out to see anything going on in that car, but really. I don’t see any smoke in my rear view, no extra sounds from the car. Gauges look the same as the other days. What the heck? What’s that glow in his car? Oh… He’s texting and staying next to me to maintain speed. Nice.
STOMP ON BRAKES!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHA. Freaked that one out..

On with the show.

Make it to the freeway, see every SUV in the city gathered together making wall of slow fat vehicles preventing people from doing 5 over the speed limit of greater. Well okay.. one more suv.. he must really want to get with the heard of little fat men and soccer moms because he sure is ridding my bumper.
Just a mile to go before interchange to move to the toll-road for the commute. And traffic is slowed to a crawl. 10 minutes go by and you have passed the NOTHING what-so-ever that was slowing traffic down. Whatever. but why every single day/ why is it such a confusing task to move from freeway to toll road?

Get to toll booth after a few sips between roll forward, stop roll forwards, and toss change in the machine and roll on. Now comes the “first” race to get a lane as the road merges together. Cool now coming up on the section where the  road opens up to 6 lanes. Time to pass this new heard of SUVs  cluttered together.

Now you wonder if you should get off the tollroad before the next interchange and work your way through the neighborhoods to the spot you need, or go past then exit and u-turn. Screw u-turns.

Now is about the time you remember your lunch sitting on the counter thawing out . Well the cat’s going to eat well today.

Man, this side of the city, the right turn lane doesn’t mean anything here.
Stop in the store right before the office, and grab your breakfast pastry and redbull or rockstar or monster or whatever it is you drink  just before lunch to give yourself jitters. walk up to pay and notice that you are 15 people back. Seems the local lawn care crew is there in 4 trucks.  Seriously, a bunch of dudes under 5’7″ should not be wearing light blue shirts with white writing. and yes the guy with the white beard really makes you wish one was a blond girl. Man I want to buy these guys white hats.
Finally leaving the store 2 minutes from the office and already 7 minutes late.
And someone let the herd out. Jeez. Stores should be further away from red lights.

Made it to the office, worked way through crowd of people who you work with but will never know but for some reason they always stand RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR to talk in the mornings. Start coffee because none of these people feel like they are allowed to, or just can’t figure out water and crush black stuff.

Half way through eating your breakfast pastry you finally take a look to see why it tastes so weird.

Okay day is off to a great start. It’s better than yesterday at least.