Reflection

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I saw the new Avengers picture and it put me in the mood to finally finish and publish my final thoughts on “Ruthless Roger”. That picture left me a bit depressed because it wasn’t a good ending, but what can I say that’s life. And yet, there will be a sequel to it next year. 😛

To start, the last day I worked for Rog he came in and spoke to every one especially me. Of course this was before he pulled me to his bosses to be s**t-canned. Later that morning he called a huddle where he mentioned the two supervisors who were coming onto the team – he said they’ll be great. Of course as it happened by the time Larry arrived onto my now old team, they were no longer there. Both had moved on.

I remember that for some reason I felt he was just looking at how I was cutting some brisket. I usually do the best I can with brisket as there is no easy way to attack this tricky of meats to prep and cut. In his case he was just looking not saying a word and while I could just be like “WTF are you looking at?” I tried to fish for a comment. He’s the boss he could criticize me, bottom line don’t just stare at me and my work you creep! 😛

For most of that day he didn’t really say much to me other than hello when he came to the dept in the AM and not saying much of anything before the huddle looking at me cut brisket. We’d pass by each other around the store we looked in each other’s direction but nary a crossword between us until it was time. I won’t say our interactions were rough, but as time went on especially with his dumb explanation for why he was shaking up the buy/receive team by taking me off it was rough going.

One reason I wanted to write this post was to show in what ways his position could’ve improved there. He didn’t have to step on people and write people up just to make himself look good. In as a mgr one of the things he used as bullet points on his LinkedIn was corrective action. He used that to document his expectations. Of course as to why he’s no longer a dept mgr and got bumped all the way down to supervisor I feel as if he didn’t have a team around him that allowed him to be successful in that role.

* I said I was going to talk about his mgmt team – his assistant mgrs or lieutenants if you will. I spoke about Arielle who was at my new store when I got onboarded again at “Fresh Foods”. When the previous dept mgr left Arielle who just got promoted as an assistant mgr for our dept in the spring took over the schedule.

Not to blame Arielle for the conduct of the schedule but with her doing the schedules it was more random than it seemed to have ever been. It’s one reason why I’m gone, for a while I had nothing but receiving then all the sudden oh yeah you got to do a mid-shift instead of mornings! WTF?

What’s unclear to me was if this was partially Rog’s direction. The previous boss would tell us if she had to tweak the schedule not much communication from the assistant mgrs on this. The schedule was going to be the schedule, Rog himself had to tell me he’s not going to give anyone set days though gave another lame excuse. His words, “make the schedule more normal”. He did discuss a predecessor who gave people weekends off which apparently Roger had an issue with. Also he complained about having two days off together he prefers them broken up, he complains as if he doesn’t write his own schedule (you know who does write dept mgrs schedules?).

Anyway back to Arielle, she was cool when I saw her any my new story but I have a different idea of her as one of the lieutenants. When she got promoted and as time went on I felt as if she gave an air about her. I could term it as she felt she was above us, although that’s not the best way to put it. She may well have been cool with other members of the team who knew her from other stores however I got a different vibe from her. I wasn’t feeling this vibe.

Of course, allow me to be fair to her. She was newly promoted to mgmt – she had been a supervisor at another taking that beginning step. To start since she was somewhat green she probably needed a mentor the previous dept mgr was on her way out of the door. Roger was just coming in and as it turned out he wasn’t the one to mentor her. Remember, he doesn’t entirely have the slightest idea of what he was doing. So I will say this for her, if she had anyone else but Rog it wouldn’t have been so rough.

* Before Arielle we had two other mgrs come to our dept to become lieutenants. The first one was Rayna and the other was Gary. Both had come from other stores and were already assistant mgrs at their respective stores. Rayna had almost 20 years experience at “Fresh” coming from a nearby location. Ironically she came to our store looking into being our dept mgr long before Roger had arrived on the scene to take the job.

She didn’t get rave reviews upon arriving to learn our dept. Rayna seemed resistant to learning the systems that worked for us. If we had a way of doing things and someone tried to tell her how it’s normally done reportedly she’d just shrug her shoulders and express little interest in what we do. It sounded like arrogance in some respects, however, in the long run I don’t think she interviewed for the now open position. Somehow she was transferred to our dept, and from some who know her it was rumored that her old store was trying to get rid of her.

It was said Rayna had stayed at one store for most of her two decades at Fresh and when she did get promoted to mgmt some of the people who worked with her long enough really didn’t take her seriously. Reportedly she did what was necessary to move up in the company especially any trainings so it’s not like she kissed butt all the way to the top. At the same time she had the whole respect thing going.

As a matter of fact one time she called a huddle and most of us while she was conducting it bascially seemed to go about their business as if she didn’t exist. Rayna was tougher on us just to be a mgr and likely because we didn’t know her, however, we didn’t entirely have much respect for her either. It was just funny how people including yours truly just focused on getting some work done as she talked. Beyond that she’d just give an edict we’d ignore like for example how much breads to prep to make sandwiches. We’d just realize what she said made no sense and just do what we already were doing.

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* Finally we have Gary who came from a store that had closed. It felt like an odd fit at first, however, he kind of mellowed out and was actually cool. Of course he was still a mgr and we still had to be careful with him. Remember our situation was changing and many of the people we knew were being replaced by Arielle, Rayna, and Gary. As a matter of fact I handed Gary the transit delay slip only for him to give it to Rog who in two days time I learned meant nothing to excuse the last tardy. Of course this is assuming this was Roger’s call and not his own bosses.

Anyway Gary’s experience was that when his store closed he was running his dept. His store was small sales wise and his dept had no full mgr if you will. Perhaps he could’ve ran our dept instead of Rayna or Rog, but one problem was our store was too busy for Gary. He’s in his 20s and I’m sure even for him changing his environment meant that he’d have to adjust to more activity than exists in his former store.

One thing I would say for him is that knowing I formerly worked at a movie theater, he would recommend movies. He bugged me about It which thanks to my lack of interest in horror I just avoided. He even suggest I get a pug for a dog, and that’s one suggestion I would take up. Furthermore he expressed concern about my attendance probation unlike Rog he wasn’t ready for me to go yet, of course this was before that last tardy.

* When I interviewed for my new team they did ask why I left “Fresh”. I admitted that I had pointed out – my company used a points system to track attendance – and they were mostly due to tardies. I made sure to explain that what happened was a fluke in my mind though they knew from speaking to other mgrs who knew me like Larry that well they said I had some issues with tardies. So hey no big secret to be had there. I was highly recommended apparently by a variety of people.

This helps me realize what happened last year with Rog was just a perfect storm. Perhaps it was meant for me to leave and yeah I got myself in this situation and unfortunately it wasn’t so easy to adjust to it. As much as I could look at this as a situation of incompetence it really was a situation that’s correct. Yes a different outcome should’ve occurred but it didn’t work out that way. The reason why I may go back and forth on it is based on whether or not Rog was working out as a boss and it turns out he wasn’t.

As stated anyone who talks about him, doesn’t have much good to say about him. After my situation I definitely didn’t have much good to say about Roger. It’s not important to make this about like or dislike because for all I know he didn’t make it personal. I’ve had mgrs make some situations personal – i.e. they for some dumb reason didn’t like me. However, it did become clear that he was a terrible boss. I got let go by a terrible boss, especially one who just never strayed too far away from the rule book.

Finally this sums up some opinions of his period on my former team. I have no respect for that man, he’s nothing more than a place holder, he’s controlled by someone else, he’s all for show, he wasn’t going to last long, etc. I wonder how many people were sad that he was gone?

If you want to know what would’ve been my reaction if I had remained there to see him get cast aside and potentially shipped off elsewhere I don’t know. I do know that although the opportunity to return to my former team didn’t pan out, I’m glad it didn’t. As the team tries to move beyond that drama of Rog’s reign I’d only serve to re-awaken it trying to get a more complete story. Perhaps that would’ve been a bad move on my part and perhaps I’d have been as bad at Roger.

However, I can only imagine what would happen if I do run into Roger again. This time Rog is nothing more than a supervisor or associate who was formerly my boss. I don’t know if I would just be seen smiling and he’d report me for a hostile work environment (I can see that happening if he is a s**t talker). I don’t know if I’d just ignore him and just shake my head at him. Hopefully it’s not an answer I’ll ever find out later.

Now is the time to put that odd era to rest!

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