How Will I Get Screwed Today?

All too often that’s the thought that crosses my mind as I drive to work. Since the introduction of “Count or Die” as a member of an “unprotected” rating, I expect to be screwed over in work assignments especially in stores run by an area manager whom I’ll call X

For example, in my last two department stores that X supervised, I was assigned to fine jewelry. I stood on one side of the display case and scanned the bar codes that the store employee on the other side of the case presented to me. The store employee determines the pace. Now, some of you may be asking, how is that screwing you over? The answer is a simple one – two people can’t count as fast as one. I was being set up for failure.

In a store where a Specialist has to count around 650 pieces an hour, the fine jewelry counters are lucky to break 300. Counting regular merchandise on auto quantity, I easily attain an aph of 700 or 800 pieces an hour. Having me count fine jewelry not only screwed me but hurt the overall aph of the store since I was not allowed to count at full speed.

I’m not the only one that X has screwed over. X once put our fastest Top Gun on top stock* at a Big Lots. The Top Gun didn’t even reach the minimum for an auditor in that inventory. I’m told that this counter was no longer a Top Gun for a quarter because of bad aph results in stores run by X.

Because X is a nice person outside of work, I used to think that the worst case scenario was that X was incompetent but not evil. Now, I’m not so sure about that.

*top stock – merchandise on high shelves that has to be counted standing on a ladder

4 Responses to How Will I Get Screwed Today?

  1. justcount says:

    The counting of the Jewelry is supposed to be figured into the account store average my the RGIS account manager. So when the APH for account is 700 per hour there were supposed to figure in the one person 2 hours to one on one count. This is what I was told by my Ops Manager.
    Do do they do this? I highly doubt it. Take a look at Marshall’s, there is no APH difference for a Marshall’s with a jewelry counter and one without and that is a one on one count with store per procedures.

    • Walt Not Walt says:

      justcount – I’m with you on doubting the aph adjustment for fine jewelry counters. I’ve not seen it in any account.

      Furthermore, nowadays I don’t trust ANYTHING RGIS management tells me. Even though I respect and like most of our district’s managers, I feel that HQ pressures prevent them from being honest and candid.

  2. […] No one locally can tell me if Tops Friendly Markets count towards personal aph or not. Tops is one of the stores that made April the cruelest month for me. As an old school financial Top Gun, I relied on Tops to make up for all the times when I was forced to count crotchless panties at Victoria’s Secret for 14 hours without any breaks by Area Manager X. […]

  3. […] This morning I had the misfortune to be at a Big Lots inventory run by Area Manager X. I was screwed again. Twice. There was also a Tops at the same time. I’m really good at […]

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