We all know I don’t particularly care for my job. But I know I’m stuck there for a while. Let’s be honest, it’s good hours with good money. I’m not overly qualified for much, so this is where I’m at and where I’ll be.
So I’m looking at where I can possibly grow in the company. I’m looking at the service desk, lead cashier and team leader. I know I’m a ways away from most of that, but the service desk is a good immediate goal.
So I told my boss I was interested.
She told me there wasn’t a position currently open, I knew that, but that there would be a posting on the board when there was. I said ok and left it at that.
Yesterday I walked into work to discover one of the newer cashiers is now working the service desk.
No posting, no nothing. The managers asked her to go there and she agreed.
I talked to one of the team leaders about it and found out I wasn’t even considered because I have been given corrective action and haven’t followed through.
Ok, let’s look at this.
I’m slow. Not overly slow but I’m supposed to be at 95% and I’m stuck at 90%. So yes, I’m slow. I’ve been coached on how to improve my score and I’m doing my best to follow the advice, but I’m still slow.
Why am I slow?
I pay attention to how I bag. I don’t put eggs and bread with canned goods. Something I’m proud of. But my careful bagging slows me down.
I leave customers happy. I’m constantly being complimented on how I bag.
But I’m slow.
So I’m not eligible for a promotion.
Oh, and fyi, most grocery stores, don’t time you. According to the New York Times, the store I work at is unique in doing that and it’s not looked at as a good thing.
Fast and sloppy or slow and cautious.
If I didn’t have a family depending on me, I wouldn’t bother going back.