Please fire me. I am an intern to a woman who is constantly telling other co-workers she needs my help on everything but when I go to ask her if she needs any tasks completed she just glares at me until I walk away.
Let me give a little background before I start my story. I’ve been working at a small ice cream parlor/coffee shop combination in my neighborhood for about two years now. It is owned by the sweetest older couple (who act as the managers), and I’ve honestly had no problems working there until the start of this summer.
So, at the beginning of this summer, my managers announced their granddaughter would be taking a job at the store. Let’s call her Lauren. They assured us Lauren would be treated just like the other employees, as she would be paid the same as an entry level employee, and earn raises/bonuses as appropriate.
When we were first introduced to Lauren, I realized she was weebish. She wore tiny cat ears, a big bow (think Rin from Vocaloid), and wore anime shirts under her apron. Her apron was adorned with a couple anime buttons. However, unlike your stereotypical weeb, she had good hygiene and did not spew broken Japanese at any given moment.
The first week with this girl wasn’t bad. We were both going to be on the same shift together throughout the summer. Lauren was being trained by her grandpa on how to do things (scoop ice cream, punch things into the register, etc.) and we didn’t interact much. It wasn’t until Lauren was trained when the problems began.
Hey y’all so this is how I survive, and since there’s minimum balances on my bank accounts literally all I can afford to save, each month, IF nothing emergency-ish happens and if I literally don’t buy anything but food and don’t do anything but pay my bills is $70
If I had no student loans, I’d be saving 280 dollars a month.
If I had no student loans, I could save around 3300 dollars a year, and instead I MAY be able to save 840.
So if I wanted to save enough to pay for a single year of college for a child (if I had one) or if I wanted to buy a car, it would only take me 41 years to save enough to do that.
If I want to have a VERY small, VERY inexpensive wedding, it’ll take me 11 years to save for it.
If I want to put a down payment on a house, it’ll take me around 50 years to save for it.
When I borrow from my emergency savings (which currently amount to roughly what I could save in six years) it takes me five or six months to pay that money back, and that’s if I can.
I work a full time, salaried job, and have a BA in Communications. This should not be my situation.
But due to a desperation for money, many entry level employees are being paid less and less, because the presumption is that we will literally take any job, at any pay, that offers survival salary and benefits, out of fear that we will not find another. Companies are farming entry-level employees, and getting higher and higher turn-over rates because they know they can replace you. The internet is teeming with replacements for you. Who will take your job and your salary in a second. Hardly anyone is developing talents within their organizations or allowing upward movement for their millennial employees. As a developable talent, I am concerned, broke, and scared for the future.
The retail apocalypse is changing what it means to be a teenager
(Teen jobs in retail are in decline.Getty) Working in retail stores was long considered a rite of passage for many teenagers.
But many teens are now finding it increasingly difficult to get jobs in the industry, which has historically been responsible for a quarter of teen employment, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Retail is one of the few industries that’s willing to hire young entry-level employees with little or no prior experience. That’s why it’s such a popular career for teen workers.
But the industry is undergoing seismic changes under growing pressures from the rise of ecommerce and changing shopper habits.
Most of those changes are happening at the store level, resulting in job cuts, store closures, and bankruptcies.
So far this year, retailers have announced about 3,400 store closures and more than 50,000 job cuts, according to data compiled by the Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
(AP) And more than a dozen retailers have filed for bankruptcy since the start of the year, far outpacing last year’s bankruptcies.
“Retail, including long-standing clothing and accessories stores, are pivoting to online sales and continue to cut in-store workers,” John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a recent report. “Teenagers will still have many opportunities, but they will not necessarily be in traditional retail stores.”
Teens are now being forced to look outside their local shopping malls for work.
Challenger is advising teens to pursue industries that have been adding jobs this year, which include transportation, hospitality and food service, or construction.
Construction, for example, added more than 170,000 jobs in the six months ending in April.
“This is an area typically left unexplored by teen workers,” Challenger said.
Overall, teen employment is expected to remain stable this year, though it’s a “shadow of its former self,” according to Challenger.
Teen participation in the labor force peaked in July 1978 at 72%. Last year, the rate of participation was 43%.
im gonna apply for a second job for mon through thurs. dont think id mind being a mindless entry level employee in retail if it means my girlfriend will stop complaining about not being able to buy whatever she wants
I’d like to share some happy stories bc honestly some people need hope
I’ve been working at my current job for the past month and a half and honestly?? It’s such a good environment. Yeah the customers are still dumb as hell and some of my coworkers could be better, but overall it’s a good environment and management actually cares about its employees. The ESM and ADS ((electronic services manger and assistant store director)) take the time to learn about the employees and learn their names - not just relying on name tags. The department heads stick up for their employees, get schedules out on time, and confirm that each employee sees the next week’s schedule and is ok with their hours.
I’d like to give a huge shout out to our ADS bc he’s the best. He goes to each department every day and can often be seen helping entry level employees with their jobs. Last week he helped my department (bakery) package rolls. Today I saw him bagging customers purchases because the lines were long and there wasn’t enough baggers. He’s just such a good person and, by doing stuff like that, he’s raising employee morale and making our holiday rush more bearable.
Good management exists people it’s out there you’ll find it one day.
This one is for @ms-betsy-fangirl who prompted: “I have had an absolutely shit day and could really use some happy Darcy/Steve (or Darcy/Steve/Bucky) fic in my life. Prompt: “Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommend a person.”
I hope your shit day gets better and I hope this unmitigated Steve/Darcy fluff helps!! Thanks for the prompt!
You guys know the people who post memes on corporate social media accounts are very likely to be either entry level employees or interns (which means they might not even be paid), and are very likely to be under 30, right? I wouldn’t be surprised if the CEO of Denny’s didn’t know anything about what happens on this site. Like, these people get paid (or if they’re an unpaid intern, for school credit or something to put on a resume) to post memes, and it probably makes their job a heck of a lot less boring than many other positions they’re also qualified for. I’m just saying this because I feel like a lot of people here think that there’s a bunch of capitalists planning to just ruin memes and Internet culture so they can make some profit and I bet you that is very far from the case.
5 Ways To Know If You’re Being Treated With Respect In The Workplace
When I first started working an office job, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was being treated unfairly or not. I’d been handed down a huge amount of my work from my boss, with very little direction, and didn’t realize that working long hours trying to do work I didn’t understand was not the norm. I finally opened up to a few coworkers and was flatly told that I was doing work several levels above my rank and pay grade.
This is not a surprising entry-level story. In fact, it’s a typical one. When you’re starting out, whether at your very first job, or simply a new job, the last thing you want to do is stop to consider whether the job is actually good for you. You finally got a job and all you want to do is not screw it up. You’re never sure if you’re justified to say something, or whether your situation is typical, and you don’t want to be caught overreacting. There’s no college course that legitimately preps you for your first job out of school, which, as it happens, is exactly nothing like that capstone group project you did your senior year.
What ends up happening is this: We’re so floored that someone’s paying us more than $10/hour that we don’t bother to question our salary. We’re so thankful to be on the working grind, and are impressed by the perks, that we don’t stop to gauge whether the workload is actually what was promised. We’re too hesitant to bring up something that seems like it’s a problem, because what if we’re mistaken?
We don’t even turn to friends and bring up our concerns because we want to prove that we too are part of the full-time employment club and are LoViNG iT. We’re too busying proving that our opportunity is better, that we are excelling faster, that we have a 401(k) that kicks in immediately instead of after being with the company for a year, to even mention the shortcomings of our job.
I’m not opposed to paying your dues. I’m not opposed to pulling extra weight and there are very, very few tasks that I’ve ever claimed to be “above.” (And that includes cleaning up trash after a concert held at a former workspace.) But I’m opposed to seeing employees get completely taken advantage of.
So if you’re wondering whether your situation is acceptable, or whether you’re actually being treated unfairly, here’s how you deserve to be treated as a new or entry-level employee:
1. You deserve to actually get to do the job you were hired for. And to get to complete that job without someone hovering over your shoulder as you complete the most straightforward task. It’s, of course, expected that your work will need to be checked, especially at a new job. But a good manager will check your work and make changes, as opposed to tearing your work apart and doing it themselves.
2. You deserve to not have to do your boss’ job. It’s a great opportunity when your superiors let you take on a little extra work because it gives you the chance to prove you can handle it. But there’s a huge difference between taking on a few extra tasks and your boss leaving you with all their work and no road map.
3. You deserve to not have your boss subtly remind you how little you make or by how much they outrank you. There will always be the entry-level bro that just doesn’t get that he doesn’t run the office. But for the most part, I’d really like to think that he (or she) is the exception, not the rule. The rule is typically someone who is all too aware that they’re at the bottom of the food chain and of how little their starting salary shakes out to after taxes. It’s not something you should be constantly reminded of at the office. You deserve to be treated like a respected member of your team.
4. You deserve to have someone clearly tell you what your job actually is, and what’s expected of you. After a while, you shouldn’t expect someone to keep holding your hand, but you should have a job description, and ideally, you should’ve seen it before you interviewed.
5. If you work 40 hours/week every week for a big company, you deserve to be a full-time employee. Or you should at least be compensated competitively as a freelancer to make up for the fact that they don’t pay social security for you, or give you a benefits package.
There are things you don’t deserve, of course. When you’ve been coddled by a cushy job you got comfortable in, or a college work study, it’s hard to adjust to a new, more rigid environment. You can’t expect constant praise or immediate rewards. You cannot expect someone to hold your hand through every challenge, a raise right away, an inordinate amount of attention or premature recognition. However, as long as you can do what you were hired for, and in an environment and situation that will allow you to carry your job out well, you should be set. If that isn’t the case, what’s getting in the way?