Yesterday I was asked by my assistant manager to decide whether to resign or improve my performance at my job because "I'm the weakest link", despite that he said himself that my co-workers are slacking as well. I work in the backroom of a store, or the warehouse to clarify. Wednesdays I work 8-12pm unloading a truck and placing boxes onto pallet, but there are only five or six people placing the boxes in the right locations while only one person is unloading the truck, and we can't leave until it's finished. I was kept past the end of my shift before being sent home. My assistant manager also refused to let me make changes to my forms and would only let me do so if I came in the next day when he said I could earlier.
My co-workers also complain and threw the shipments that are labeled "fragile", and the environment is dusty and humid. Everything was so disorganized even before I got there, and there's no routine or order in the job. Plus, we have a new manager because the one who hired me injured, and the assistant manager will stop us from working from time to time to hear him complain about the new manager. They expect us to come in at 8 to unload the truck and not leave until it's done (which could be anytime) and come back in the same day for the graveyard shift (9 or 10-5am), and around the end of the shift we couldn't leave the store or clock out until the assistant manager did. I was also never informed about this as my schedule read that I work Thursday night for the graveyard shift, not Wednesday night.
The job has no order, and even though I don't want to look for another job again, I honestly don't want to be there. I didn't even receive payment for my orientation because I wasn't placed into their system, and all of that was three weeks ago. I'm currently looking for a new job, but I will have to call in and speak with the manager. What should I do?
Life is way too short and there are a lot of better jobs out there. Keep this one until you find another and then tell them you are leaving.
First, let me give you some insight from a management perspective. In the SHORT term, you need to talk to your boss and ask what the exact performance expectations are for your job. Explain that you want to improve your performance, but need to know what "doing a good job" looks like to your boss. It might not hurt to ask HR for help as you want to make sure the situation doesn't get worse. Hopefully, your boss has some people skills or interest in helping his staff and will work to help you improve, but from your description it doesn't seem likely. Talking and asking for help may help make a crap job/boss more tolerable while you look elsewhere.
Longer term, you need to find a better job, preferably a career/profession. I'd be happy to give you some free career coaching if you need some. Feel free to contact me through my profile.
You should tell that assistant manager of yours to eat **** and then go ahead and **** himself up his ***. He sounds like a real douchebag. If you are then fired, you do not have to worry about the decision to quit or not, and believe me you will feel good about this, if you are like me anyway.
I worked in a similar industry, shelving product for a large grocery store. I too had an assistant manager that thought he was hot shit and pissed me off and I so got in his face and physically intimidated him and told him off. I cherish the memory of that night, thinking back on it.
I thought about punching him out, but realized I could go to jail for that, so I just followed him around and chewed him out. I never let some guy step on me. But be smart about how you respond. If it was a great job with a good salary, except for one asshole, I might tolerate some douchebag once in a while and restrain myself. But that job wasn't something I ever would want to build a career in. I was there for 1 year, but probably would have quit before 2. So why not?
I don't recommend this method. Jobs are scarce these days. avoid burning bridges and just do what needs to be done. No point in having a temper tantrum.
I agree with this. In the eternal words of Kurt Vonnegut. If you can do a half assed job of anything, you are a one eyed man in the kingdom of the blind. You would be amazed what it will do for you personally and professionally if you are the only person at your job doing it right.
Who the hell are you to give me that sort of advice. I'm for certainly am not lazy, so fuck you.
Marvin sort out the attitude. You've asked for advice on an online discussion board and that may result in receiving some harsh advise. If you aren't lazy then what's the worry about. Reining in your temper isn't letting people tread on you but being the master of your own emotions. You can't punch or shout down everyone who says something you don't like.
Writing a poorly constructed response containing profanities doesn't exactly portray a very good image. If you're unhappy with your job either try and sort the problem with your seniors and colleagues or look for another job. I'd suggest doing both. What I wouldn't suggest is following Chu Kim's advise.
I don't have to do anything. I have responded with great immaturity, but I am in no form lazy, and I certainly wasn't complaining either. I just certainly didn't appreciate his condescending response and took it as if he believed I felt the world owed me something. I'm nothing like that, and if he read my post correctly, I was clearly doing my job "right". I won't tolerate any BS from any ignorant individual.
Well, I am currently at the same job and everything is going well. I also must apologize for my vulgar response. I was just in a pissy mood that day and I shouldn't had been so oversensitive about your response. However, again I will point out that you need to cease in telling me how I'm not owed anything. I'm aware of that. I don't need to be spoken to like a child.
It's the free market man (well for a little longer at least). You can be absolutely happy in your job and there is no such thing as "too early to look for a new job".
No harm in looking. Wouldn't make it public until you turn in your notice.
But, if you're the weak link here ... you might have the same experience wherever you go. If I were you, I'd work on improving my performance while I looked. Not good to get performance warnings after only a few weeks. That either means your performance is significantly substandard, or your employers expectations are too high (everybody else's performance would tend to suggest not). Even if everybody else is slacking, or incompetent, or disorganized, or whatever ... don't be. Honestly, if everybody else is slacking ... and you were called out for being a weak link, that's even worse.
Quietly find a better gig. Drop the excuses, and find a way to make it work in the meantime.