benefits

benefitslast year i wrote about getting some benefits. benefits had been one of the reasons i left “the show” i.e beyond free movies i got jack. other than that i found two jobs that offered the benefits i had been looking for primarily health i never thought beyond that.

this past summer the associated of my company had a benefits vote to choose various options in addition to some new offerings. something i took advantage of even if what i would like didn’t go forward such as for example identity theft protection.

either way one evening i just decided to explain to my coworker the compensation/promotion structure with my former employers at “the show”. i told him matter of factly that if i got promoted to manager – well actually supervisor level – i’d get no benefits. to which he retorted that if one gets 40+ of work they should get benefits.

i had to explain to him that the company itself could find a way to skirt the law so that they wouldn’t have to provide benefits. for example, they can just turn around and say supervisors can’t work more than 40 hours they can only work 35 hours a week. boom don’t want to provide benefits that’s a way out. i’d get paid slightly better but that’s all.

now, having left “the show” over two years ago i know my worth. i spend most of my working life hovering around the minimum wage and then suddenly with a job at the bank and then moving onto a job in the grocery business my income went up. i say this to say i wanted to get to management/supervisor level at the show.

to get up to full-management – that is for “the show” senior management – i’d have to go through the supervisory level. as time went on i was no longer interested even if deep down i never got there for reasons semi-unknown. and when leaving that company and figuring out what other companies offered whether i had standing over other employees or not it turns out perhaps there was no boat to miss.

if i understood correct senior management is a salaried position and they get the benefits. not sure the extent of the benefits but they got them. and as with supervisors there seems to be a subjective process in who gets promoted, that is they choose you. you don’t get an opportunity to apply for such positions.

either way i learned of one of the senior managers through a coworker. she had quit suddenly and unexpectedly apparently she had been unhappy for a long time. that coworker claimed she was working a part-time job as a bank teller for better benefits and was forced to quit when her bosses found out. and my worker mentioned this tome as it was time for me to interview with the same bank that this manager briefly worked for.

well what does this mean, well even the hotshot senior managers who should’ve had it made still weren’t getting what they’re due with their positions with the company. perhaps on that level there was no boat to miss either. just as with getting to the supervisor level.

now i had to explain to my friend getting to the senior manager level is like getting into what we call store leadership. the store managers are considered salaried however department managers are still considered hourly. now supervisors are considered as shift managers and they’re the level of the supervisors under the various department managers.

so basically we both agreed that this was a shitty deal. this year we do it all over again and decide which benefits we want to take advantage of for the coming year.

 

why did i leave?

largeand after being gone almost two years i’m still piecing this together. the main thing was i wanted to make more money and it wasn’t going to happen at “the show”. then i realize that it’s a lot more complicated.

well not complicated just that there are other reasons to add on top of compensation. sometimes i think i was chased out by a variety of people. then again i was around people who had a penchant for complaining and many such people ultimately left before i did. like i’ve stated here once before i outlasted them.

perhaps i grew to realize times were changing around me and i was a relic of an old-time. that is i had my season and it was coming to a close. which is true.

what i realize is that as the sniping or the complaining continued with different people and many may have just wanted me to go away i consider this. all they did was chase me away to something better, if i was truly a target it only backfired. some job such people did.

to get paid more and much happier at a different company. ummmm not necessarily their mistake but not big picture thinking. complaining so that they can score points or whatever goal they had.

i could discuss a friend of mine who became a manager and got sent packing after close to a year. what did him in was a budding relationship with someone who he worked with initially before he became a manager. as they tried to keep their relationship a secret someone put a target on his back. when this happened he wasn’t sure what they were trying to get out of it.

to which i say out of our respective ordeals we both got something out of it. i left on my own for a better job although the job i left for only led me to another job which proved a better fit. in his case well i think he struggled to find his own footing but i’m sure he’ll get there now he can be free to be open about his relationship.

in which case who knows how happy some of the people we work with are with their lives, but i would say we both did much better after leaving. people who have this need to target people will only find other targets. they will never be happy…

benefits

Multi Ethnic People Holding The Word Benefits

it’s that time of year to look at my benefits and then make a choice. one new change with my company is the addition of mental health on a trail basis. which is a good thing if one wants to talk to a counselor which is under consideration on my end.

at this point i can make a choice as far as vision and dental. well my dental needs for the most part are taken care of and i’m still paying for it although happy with the results. as far as vision it’s time for new glasses. O=O

now to be sure benefits are one reason i left the cinema and moved on to a job that provides them. i found two jobs that did took advantage of them when it became a good deal. now it’s an accomplishment to have an insurance card with one of my employers. good benefits in addition to getting better pay.

the choice isn’t that difficult, if nothing else for other insurance items it probably could go up to $40 out of my check every month. if i was just starting out it would be higher but i arrived to the point where just health insurance cost under $25.

knowing that i work somewhere that provides this feels pretty good.  in the new year, i plan to seek out more than better pay and benefits. it doesn’t matter where i am.