I lost my job today.
The writing was on the wall. It's a
commission job and the customers were few and far between. The other
department would get five walk ins to my side's one. If you were the
person "Up" and waiting for the next customer to walk in and wander
right as they entered the door, you'd be waiting a while. A half hour,
hour, maybe even an hour and a half. I think the record was two hours.
started with a compliment of 13 on our side, and quickly lost one to
something more promising at Coca Cola. Another left soon afterwards for
a factory job. Then one was fired for non performance for going nearly
$2000 into draw. One moved into Customer Service, another the
Warehouse. We were left with seven, and still the majority of us ended
up in draw each pay period.
Last week, I got a final warning.
It's hard to work, knowing you're failing at what you're doing, that
the reasons why the customer isn't buying right now are valid. In quite
a few of those cases, I suspect those customers will come looking for
me in a month or two. Not that it'll help.
I wasn't the only one
released today. A really nice coworker also was let go. I'm pretty sure
this isn't the end of it-I think they'll be down to three within the
next month and at that, those three probably won't be making much.
the dismal results? The promised television advertising didn't happen,
because the foray into the Tampa market has been put on hold. They
anticipated that this store would be the fifth in the company in
sales-but didn't factor the buying patterns of the local shoppers.
wonder how much market research was done. Just because you're new and
different doesn't mean people will seek you out. There's a wariness in
these parts about the flash in the pan. A location that wasn't clear on
our ads didn't help, either.
The picture I'd been painted of
the job didn't materialize, the 'when you are in this position' of the
interview just a promise unfulfilled.
I'll miss my coworkers. On
the other hand, it will be nice to leave the stress of not selling
stuff and feeling like I totally suck at what I do behind me.
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