Got a rough timeline as far as when Ruthless Roger quit his job at “Fresh Foods” and when Larry interviewed and ultimately got the job. While I’m not blaming Roger entirely for my firing which was the result of built up tardiness that got me hit with an attendance probation, he’s the one that I could say allowed it to happen. While I’m responsible for my tardies, I’d have respected him if he had even attempted to excuse that last tardy with the delay slip from the transit authority. Either way now he’s no longer the dept mgr I have to worry about.
These events happened within the span of a three week period and remember I just found out about these turn of events last weekend. Sometime in January, Roger was said to have quit possibly after a demotion. Of course as happens in large corporations presumably the job had been posted and opened the door for Larry to apply and interview for the now open dept mgr position. Just recently say within the past two weeks Larry interviewed and got the job that same day.
This helps solidify my thought that Roger’s bosses realized he wasn’t working out for my former dept at Fresh Foods. It was a rough time noticed even by the boss I had from when the store first opened, while I didn’t want to be downright negative with him I rightly stated that the new regime (i.e. Roger and his mgmt team) is why things in our dept was rough. Say at that point – before firing – that things just weren’t going well for yours truly at that and little did I know upon seeing my former boss that soon I won’t be working for “Fresh Foods”. I was under the gun or certainly on the brink, but if only I had a crystal ball.
All the same, I’m out of the door and Roger as it turns out was on his way out a bit later. Larry was waiting for that position to open up and store mgmt was looking to bring him in. And funny thing is, I wasn’t sure it would happen the store Larry had moved onto become a dept mgr was said to be closer to home for him. However, what I expect is that Larry has the experience as a dept mgr that in reality Roger didn’t exactly have even with being an assistant manager at the store where he came from which was also a strong store. It leads me to believe Roger was set up to fail.
Now with that said a lot of us who worked in that dept under Roger were somewhat bristling under some of the changes that were taking place. I know I was having been moved from receiving under BS reasons he needed to post for another associate buyer although we already had one because this was how it was supposed to have been done and he needed to do it before they just took it from him. It was an odd explanation, but I let it be if he had straight up said it was about the attendance – which effectively kept me from applying for the associate buyer job – I’d have accepted that. Unfortunately he just gave what I consider a BS excuse to not go forward to allowing me stay in that role it was an indication as far as how he was going to manage. Reality though I started realizing how I wasn’t feeling him & perhaps he wasn’t feeling me either.
I should note even after the probation he was all set to allow me to be the dept receiver. I was supposed to have gotten access to the systems I had largely waited all summer to finally get. This means I could really do some buying and not really need anyone around me to do these tasks at least on a slow day. Didn’t happen and he didn’t keep his word and probably more important I never stayed on top of him. Also remember I heard through another colleague that the person who replaced me on receiving should’ve gotten a raise and he didn’t get one. So just like he didn’t follow through for me to only get the position, he evidently at the time I heard this didn’t follow through on the raise for that colleague.
I recognize that I hadn’t been the only one many in the dept were feeling the way I felt. Granted it might have been only a handful, however, it was rough on a lot of us. Also bear in mind during this period we began to get short staffed because in part a lot of people had been let go – likely initiated by Roger who used the book to get them out or he found a way to let go of the seasonal people hired before he arrived – and certainly because many had quit. Perhaps they saw that he wasn’t the type of manager we had been used to and they chose to bail before they became a target. Something I should’ve done before he officially took over, there was another store that I should’ve been looking at for sure.
What I began to realize at least before I left that store was that Roger may not have been a good fit for that store. He came from a larger dept at a larger store this is the first time he was in charge of a whole dept experience wise. To start as the team had been composed before I departed he just didn’t mesh well. Now I recognize there are ways to handle it and he certainly took advantage of this especially using the book to do so perhaps there might have been signs for his bosses to realize he really wasn’t working out. Perhaps the sales were good and all the other measures for that dept, however, if his associates weren’t that motivated under him aside from fear of write-ups perhaps for his bosses that was a problem.
I had been upset about what happened with me for a while up until the time I learned he had been demoted and quit his job. Then I had to turn around and realize Roger had began to fulfill his mission, he was very by the book and set out to run the dept that way. It was his job to just stir the pot so to speak and shake us out of our routines. That was his mission and as far as success, well because he quit without a two-week notice it’s a mixed bag now.
As far as Larry what to expect. Well Larry is coming back to run the dept I had worked for at “Fresh Foods” that experience I see as a plus. Also he had moved up fairly quickly during his stay at that store moved up from supervisor to assistant mgr to dept mgr. He probably will mesh well with whoever of the original characters that are still there. Hopefully he’ll be very keen to bring me right back once he arrives to take over next month. Furthermore whatever odd changes that Roger made, I would expect Larry to undo most of them. Larry may even decide the changes never made any sense, unless store mgmt decided they never made sense anyway.
if when I return, perhaps I’ll see the transition. I can see what Larry does with that dept and see if it’ll be much better than under Roger. Perhaps he won’t be that much different, at this point all I can say is he will get a chance with me. Otherwise, I’d be very happy to go elsewhere for the right opportunity. Like I said, I will figure this out and of course do what’s right for me and that includes the attendance. The next time I write about “Fresh Foods” hopefully it’ll be because I’m back at work.