Don't You Hate It When ….

Posted on Monday 22nd January 2007 at 00:00
Don't you hate it when you feel like you?re getting your life on track and everything is going the way you want it to and then BANG! you get hit in the face with something that begins to slowly undo all your careful handy work? It's not only annoying but also totally disheartening.

In this case it is my hours at work, which are gradually being cut more and more with each week that passes. When I first started work back in November I was working 10-3 twice a week. Today that was reduced to 11-2:30 with the likelihood of it being cut further in the future. It doesn't matter so much this week, because I'm doing some extra work elsewhere which will bump up my hours, but what about in future weeks when the only hours available are my basic ones? I'd planned all my spending over the next few months and perhaps even into next year around the idea that I'd be earning a minimum of '200 a month. Now it looks like I might be earning half that in the future, or perhaps even losing my job altogether.

What annoys me the most is that I'm not surplus to requirements. It isn't like they are over staffed (if anything it is the opposite) and they need to down size. It is simply that we've been ordered to cut costs until we are breaking even again and as the only person on my shift who doesn't have their hours safe guarded by a contract, I'm the first person to feel the pinch.

If anything could be more annoying, it is the fact that the message from on high has been to cut costs at all, despite the fact that they are already down to a minimum and we are working at full capacity for the staff we have. The real solution would be for whoever is in charge of marketing to get off their backside and start doing something to get customer numbers back up. There is no excuse for blaming problems on poor sales when nothing & and I really do mean nothing - is done to try and boost sales. After all, how much would it cost to have a notice on the bar advertising the products that we are discounting. There is no point having a 20% off hot drinks promotion if you don't tell anyone that that is what you are doing.

I guess what has really got my back up is that I'm the one having to pay for the unimaginably poor high level management, the excessively complex hierarchy and what I can only assume is either stupidity or laziness on the part of whoever is supposed to be responsible for making sure that the catering operation actually works. I may only be an undergraduate who hasn't even completed his business course, but even I could probably do a better job of getting customers in than they are doing, and that is really saying something!

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