by, 03-20-2008 at 08:14 AM (892 Views)
Well, I have some news. I have received a promotion at Wally World. I will be leaving the store I work at in Branson, Mo and moving to the store in my town. I will receive a raise of a little over $9,000 a year and my bonus will be based on a higher percentage of sales/profit than it is now. Plus, it will take me about 5 minutes to get to work instead of the 45 minutes I drive one way now. That will save me $50+ a week in gas expense not to mention the wear and tear on my car. Also, I wonít be working overnight except on occasion. I am hopeful that this change will give me more time to spend with the kids and grandkids and Poppy. I will be obligated to stay at the store for a year.
I have to go back to Wal-Mart University for a few weeks and they are sending me to Oklahoma instead of a closer school they have in Springfield, Mo. I donít know why they are doing this but whatever. Iíll be able to drive home on weekends and the company will pay the expenses for the trips. Itís only about 150 miles from here.
I am glad for the increase in pay but I dread coming back to this store. Itís not the same as where I am now. The Branson store is a small store and more of a family. Everyone, well most folks, gets along well and everyone works as a team, well most of the time. I feel bad because I will be leaving in the middle of a major remodel of our store and inventory is coming up in May. Inventory is a lot of detail work that I tend to do well. I believe they will survive without me, but I hate to leave them with so much going on.
The store I am going to is a Supercenter. I worked there for seven years before I transferred to Branson so I will know most folks here. I know what to expect from my bosses, too. Expectations are higher and the sense of urgency more pronounced. Details are important to the store manager. The difference in sales isnít that much between the two stores and I believe itís because of the focus on the customers at Branson. Most importantly, there wonít be any poem nights or anything like that at the new store.
At every meeting we have at Branson, I always tell the associates to ďGive peace a chanceĒ or ďcome on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together and try to love one anotherĒ or something that makes them laugh. When itís not busy, I get all the cashiers to sings Blue Suede Shoes or Iím a Believer or Thereís a Hold in the Bottom of the Sea. The Branson customers love it. I donít think such things will fly here. Instead of three days off a week Iíll only have two, but the work days wonít be as long. Iíve had so much fun working in Branson. I hope I can find a way to make it fun here too. If not, thatís ok. I can do anything for a year.