I got a raise, but I am confused!

@dlkuku (1936)
United States
June 27, 2007 8:35pm CST
Ok, today I had my 90 day evaluation, and it was really good and I got a 40 cent raise per hour. The regional manager and the bakery manager both told me I am doing really good, that I am dependable, a hard worker, try hard, stay busy, do what I am told and on and on. So what am I confused about? A while back I posted about another employee who started a couple days after me, who calls off, or just doesn't show up, and has proven herself to be quite undependable. My point? The week after next, they only scheduled me for one day. I asked the bakery manager about it and she said they messed up the schedule and she was working on it. I took a look at it today, and she wrote me in for one more day which makes two days. Ok, now the undependable employee was only scheduled for two days initially, yet the manager gave her two more days! So she has four days, and I only have two. And that is just not sitting right with me. I told another employee about it and she said to talk to the regional manager which I plan on doing. I asked, what, does someone have to be a screw up to get anywhere around here? Why am I killing myself working so hard and trying to prove myself if they aren't going to give me hours? And what good is a raise if I am not working the hours I had before? I know one thing, if they don't give me the thirty-two hours a week I was initially told I would get, then I will have to find another job, I can't live on 16 hours a week. Or 8 for that matter.
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@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Don't get upset or give me negatives. I am approaching this from a different perspective. WE ARE trying to find out why you only got 1 day on the schedule. Maybe they don't like your personality and do not want to work with you or you make more money so you eat up the payroll budget. I can not see any other logical reasons as to why you would not be scheduled more hours. I own a business. I wouldn't give someone hours if they did not work hard. I might not give them hours if I didn't like to be around them. I wouldn't give someone a raise if they did not work hard. I don't care if they showed up for work early every day. Personally I want them to be here when I say. Not 20 minutes early unless they stay in their vehicle. I have business things to do in the morning and don't want to have to supervise or delegate chores to employees. So technically it is an inconvenience to me. But that is my company. If I had a retail store then it would be different if someone showed up early.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
7 Jul 07
Well, first of all, my evaluation was really good and both my lead and the regional manager thanked me for me dependable and hard working, they also said they like that I always find things to do to keep busy. Secondly, I show up on time, not early, not late and punch in when I am supposed too. I do work in retail, and the problem was that the computer system messed up the scheduling, not just for me, but for quite a few people, and has since been fixed, and I am now scheduled for my hours. It had no bearing on my performance. Also, I don't randomly give negative ratings for someone expressing their opinion, so no worries. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
11 Jul 07
So did the other one get their hours cut? Spread the gossip. LOL
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Actually, she did end up getting fired. I don't like to see anyone lose their job, but when people don't show up for work and are undependable, that is to be expected. Apparently, management got fed up and figurd if she really didn't want to work, then there are others who would be happy to have her job.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
28 Jun 07
You do have to stick up for yourself, but I urge you to follow the chain of command. If you go over your bosses head, or his/her bosses head you will not be making friends of them. There may also be a reason why they are scheduling that person for more hours. It may be a ploy to get rid of her. Think about it, if that person doesn't come to work or doesn't get things done, they schedule her for a lot of time so she can either not show up, or screw up by not getting things done. This would give them just cause to let her go. Office politics suck, but they are a fact of life in today's corporate world. Don't pull rank on your bosses, you'll never get anywhere.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I already went to my lead, and now she says she will give me my hours. But our company also has a open door policy which states you can talk to any manager about anything without reprisal. Besides, I have no desire to be friends with the bakery manager. I am there to earn a paycheck, not make friends with the boss.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Just about every company has an open door policy. That however doesn't mean you should use it. In fact you shouldn't except for very serious issues. I'm not telling you to make friends with the manager, I am saying that you do need to play office politics or you will lose out in the end. This is friendly advice, because I've seen it happen all too often.
• United States
4 Jul 07
i feel for ya. the same thing happens where i work. have to ask do you work for walmart? or do you work for waffle house? it is the same thing there. i got a 45 cent raise yet they forgot to put me on schedule last week. lol. my husband turned a manager in for theft had prrof manager was fired but they fired him for turning it in cause they had to train a new manager. he use to be a distrcit with a corp store when we lived in dallas and when we came here he went to just a cook cause he didnt want all the hours etc. we were ready to be a family and not work to kill ourselves anymore. as far as my job goes. the less you work, dont show up , go home early, etc the better pay you get and more hours you get. i am starting to think if you are a bad employee you get better. i have been a manager and i didnt see it that way but it seems that is the way they look at things around here. i stay confussed on this matter.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I work for Walmart, and it was just a glitch in the computer system, they have fixed my hours for this week. As far as the other girl, I don't understand it either, I was a GM for seven years for a small retail store and I would never have tolerated that. If someone didn't show up for work, there were plenty of other people who would love to have a job.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Congrats on the raise and for being recognized for all of your hardwork. You need to be sure they know that you need the hours you were promised. If I were you I would stay completely out of the politics of the other person and just be sure to stand up for what is rightfully yours. If they made promises, you have a right to ask to receive them.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Well, they said they would give me my hours after I complained, so I will see what has been about it tomorrow when I go back in. I really could care less about this other employee, they can do what they want with her, it just irked me that I work so hard and she doesn't, and it felt like they were rewarding her bad behavior, and I am working hard for nothing.
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Just a thought but maybe they don't have an "official" reason to fire the undependable one without risking her sueing them so they are intentionally "over working" her in an attempt to get her to either quit or mess up badly enough that they can fire her without repercussions. I was once in a similar situation also at my last job only to the extreme opposite. I was the only one who actually worked hard and I was expected to work long hours and cover hours for everyone else. Yet if I asked for a single day off my boss would go off as if I was the most worthless employee she had.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
30 Jun 07
According to state law, we are an 'at will employment state' and they don't need a reason to fire someone. It also states in our contracts, that the first 90 days you are under probation and if you don't perform up to their standards they can let you go.
@magikrose (5425)
• United States
28 Jun 07
You know to me it sounds like your manager is setting the other person up. Meaning you manager is testing there ability to be there on time and do the job at hand. That way they can see for starters how devoted you are and how devoted this other person is NOT.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
30 Jun 07
This has been going on for three months, she started a couple days after I did, if they don't realize how undependable she is by now, then there is something wrong.
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
28 Jun 07
You have to stick up for yourself because nobody else will. I wish you the best of luck. If you are as dependable as you say, you shouldn't have a problem finding another job. I would hire someone in a minute who was dependable and wanted to work all the hours I needed from them. But talk to the manager first. Is the other employee the schedulers friend or relative?
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Apparently, the squeeky wheel gets the grease. She complained to management that she didn't have any hours, so they gave them to her. When I found out, I started squeaking as well, and I was promised that I would get my hours. Then this other employee didn't show up for work again without calling AGAIN. As far as I know, she isn't related or friends with the boss, but she must have some pull somewhere. I heard she was going to be out the door, but that was a few weeks ago. But this time, the manager had to cover her shift and she was not happy about it.
@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I can remember you talking about her from before. Do you think theymay have told her at her evaluation if you call in any at all next week we will let you go? Maybe they are trying to get rid of her? For your sake this is what I am hoping. Maybe you should wait a week on talking to someone? They know for fact that if she doesn't show up they can call you and you will come in. Time and time again this has happened with you right? I know your upset but just wait and see and expect them to call!
@lucky_witch (2713)
• Philippines
30 Jun 07
Hmm... that was areally tough situation. i guess you have to talk to someone who is other than them but knows the company rules better. so that you know just what to do. because if you talk to them who are making "monkey business" then i guess you will only be fooled again. I hope it helps my friend. goodluck!