If you were me, what would you say?

Canada
July 3, 2008 10:49am CST
Ive been working at this retail store in the mall for almost a year. I am younger then the rest and I was getting paid less up until recently (becuase you need to be 18 to close, and I was under 18 so I didnt get that wage) I feel like Im getting walked all over. I used to get about 20 hours a week. Thats now been cut down to bout...5. And the hours of all my co workers have gone up. The newest addition to our "team" is best friends with the assistant manager. She is moving in with her so the manager is giving her alot more hours then usual becuase she needs to make rent. Everyone there except me has another job and everyones getting the hours Im supposed to get! What would you do..quit and find a new job. or? Advice is appreciated:)
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29 responses
• United States
3 Jul 08
Fnd a new job on your time off, and THEN quit! never burn your bridges until you are ready to move! Take the money you can for now..but look to move. But do not go until you are re-hired somewhere else.
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• India
4 Jul 08
I agree with you.Don't quit off mere frustration, have some patience and find a new job. At the same time try to accost the authority. Wish u luck!
• United States
4 Jul 08
Ive have been in the same boat, i agree with the others in some ways, look for another job while you have time, but if you feel as if your being treated unfair go talk to the manager above your store manager, if that doesnt work just wait it out till you find a better job, dont forget to stand up for self, tell them how you feel, and that you dont like being taken advantage of,
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• Philippines
4 Jul 08
good day... find another job that's the advice I can give you. when you're looking for that job, try to save as much as you can so you'll never be shorthanded on cash. good luck.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Just look for a new job. You have almost a years experience in retail, you can probably get a better job, with more pay, and better hours. Go for it, you'll get a better job.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
3 Jul 08
My son also works in a mall and he is 19 so he is able to close. Since there are so many people who work there that are younger than him, he is always scheduled to close and on weekends no less. This, in my opinion, is not fair either. Having said that, most of these stores are going to take advantage of people because they know that employees come and go. Sounds like you need to start hunting around for another job, but keep what you have until you do get another one. With your experience, it shouldn't be a problem.
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@taface412 (3175)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Well, first i would approach the manager. And point out the cut in your hours and I don't know if you have a seniority thing or not where you work, but obviously you have more seniority than the one who is the "newest" to the team and you should have those hours. Even if you are not 18 you still should be allowed to work what hours you can. Second, no matter what the manager says when you speak with her about it look for another job. Anytime a place of employement show extreme favortism, no matter the reasoning, I would not work there. But don't quit until you find another job. Because even though you have only been there a year it won't look good that you wquit a job and started looking then. And if after you speak with the manager and she still says you won't get more hours and everyone else will. Report her to her direct supervisor. Everyone has a supervisor. Tell them what has been going on and how unfair employee relations are. Good luck and look at it this way. You are young and you are getting these expereinces to help you become a better employee, even if it is at another place of employment.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
3 Jul 08
A mature first step would be to request a meeting with your supervisor. Explain that you do enjoy your job but feel that you are not getting the hours you were hired for. Ask if there is a reason for this. S/he may have a legitimate explanation or not, but either way you will better understand where you stand and if there are any areas you need improvement. "Everyone there except me has another job and everyones getting the hours Im supposed to get!" Unfortunately that isn't how a business runs. Nobody cares what bills you have or if you have another job or not. It is not their fault or their problem that you only have one job while they have two.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I will not quit my job and then look for another. I would keep the job I have because a little money is better than no money at all and look for another one and if you find one, then give your present job a two-week notice. However, in your case you may not need to give them a notice. I wish the best because in these times it's hard to find a job and here where I live, people are getting fired and re-assigned left and right.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
3 Jul 08
For the present stick with your present job and do the very best that you can. becoming an out standing employee so that when you apply for another job you will get a good reference. Go out of you way to do more when you are at work. In the mean time you have a lot f time to go looking for another job. I would also explain to the manager that you want improve your working skills and that you you might start looking for a new job. Good luck with your decisions.
@zeroflashx2 (2489)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
As for me, I would quite the current job. I don't really like the way the manager is giving way to the newest addition to your "team". That's a very unfair practice. It should matter whether she needs it for rent or not, each of you have your own needs and one of them is to be treated equally. Try to look for another job. If you've been doing your job well, you really don't deserve that and they definitely do not deserve to have you. Be patient and vigilant in looking for one, we don't know, you might actually get something you really like and pays well and less politics. Take care my friend!
@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I think that you should look for another place to work and forget those people. Try to find something new or a new form of income before you quit. Have a wonderful day!
@kareng (20185)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I have to agree with a lot of the others here. First of all find a better job in your time off. It sounds like you have a good bit of time with only working 5 hours a week. Nail a new job. Go in to work on your next regular day and give your notice that this is your last day. Tell your manager that you are sorry that you can't give more notice but since you have been a LOYAL employee for over a year and have had your hours cut that you just can afford to live with working only 5 hours a week and therefore had to get a new job. Tell you enjoyed working there and good bye, adios and good luck to you in the search for a new job.
• China
4 Jul 08
Hi there,in my opinion, you should try to think in the shoes of your manager first.i do not mean that you should consider for your manager,but to say honest, what i only got till now is your complaining words and the unfair treatment you got from ur manager.so i think the wise choice should be that you try to talk with your manager first, to let him know you are a boy with potential and you have the desire to work harder having no business with money.Your attitude is modest and you go to request advice, so if i were your manager ,i can see your sincerity,i will cherish you.And then i think you can make a decision yourself, according to the response of your manager.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
4 Jul 08
that was unfair..i think if i were you i will talk to the manager and ask is it like that..before quitting ...if not then maybe try searching for another job before quitting..for financial reasons..
• China
4 Jul 08
1. Talk with the manager about your concerns. 2. If manager keeps the current status, try to find another job. 3. I am agree with many guys's suggestion, quit the job after you get a new one. Break a leg.
@Insung001 (740)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
There's a lot of things younger age like you can do other than being employed. Save up and try to establish even a small business where you can run yourself. It best to start as early. Even if you encounters failure (which you surely will) you still have a lot of time to recover and start again. A lot of useful experiences you're going to learn on the process. Goodluck!
4 Jul 08
u could do that or u could be there and get another job to over come the difficult situation.if i were u i would try find a new job with better pay but would also stick to the present job untill i find a better job.also i would keep trying for a second job with te present job so my time is utilised effectively.
• India
4 Jul 08
if you find difficult workin in such an environment find another related job or else talk to your co-employees about the problem and even to you senior.if you are not appreciated for the work you done then no use of working there
@celticeagle (123510)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Jul 08
Hey, gal. This is just how it works in the real world. The boss has the last say and can do whatever they want. If I were you I would keep a smiley face at this job and, with the few hours you are working, I would bide my time and find other work. Don't quit. Give your two weeks notice. Don't let them make you make mistakes that can hurt you later on. Good luck to you!
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I would talk to the boss first to find out why your hours are being cut back so much. I have worked in retail for many years and I know one of the biggest reasons we cut back hours on someone is when they call out often and are constantly taking time off, etc. If that isn't you, then it may be time to start looking for another job. 5 hours is not enough to live on.