First thing first Hi, I am new here, so new that this is my first post, been lurking for a while though.
Sooo what brought me out of the shadows you wonder? The age old question of andis versus Oster perhaps? The benefits of The Stuff? How much I am lovin my new Wahls Clipcombs (a lot)? Oh how I wish it were any of those things. I have a big fat ugly issue and I do not know what to do about it. It's a people thing and I suck at people things, especially bad things.
So hear is my story and I will try and make it not quite so long.
I work in a grooming salon. Last year we had 3 fulltime groomers and 2 part timers and it was perfect. Long story short, the manager decided somewhere along the way hired..not 1 but 2 more fulltimers and the part timers have increased their days from 2 days to 4 days a week. Well that all lovely and well until..well..january came.
You all know what that means. A lot of our clients..I live in Canadas great green north and although winter has been non existant people are still not coming in. Last year we eked out enough to keep the 3 of us busy and likely could have done the same this year except now the 3 tablespoons of peanut butter has to spread over a football field instead of a slice of bread and with the exception of request clientelle (thank god for them) none of us are getting much.
I know what you are thinking. You are thinking Cori old girl, old sot, thats what all that extra december cash was for, don't worry March will come and heck you are old and you could use some easy days after December. You would be right as rain, and that was the plan and thats where my mindset was, right up until 2 weeks ago.
Then it happened. What happened ? Well the erase marks in the scheduling book. Dogs do cancel now and again so I didnt think much of it at first. Then it started happening a lot. Then I started paying attention to whispering. It would seem several of our younger ladies have decided that this January slump just will not do. They have outfits to buy and clubbing to pay for and whatever else 22 year old who live at home need cash for. Soo they have been erasing clients from several of our slots and writing them in thier own!
Poor form I say. Talked to the manager who just doesnt care, went over her head to the owner who seems to not care as well...as long as their pockets still fill i guess they dont care who brings it in. I dont know what to do, I know you wont either and likely I just need to rant but my gosh I am so mad.
Quit you might say. Good idea except I have clients there, it's seriously down the street from home, great hours and holiday/ sick pay as well. We even get a small hourly wage when there is no dogs which is very nice but it really isnt enough to pay the bills. I have been looking around and I am just not going to find anything similar without resorting to working at one of those places I would really like to avoid but it's almost like ..how much worse could it be?
I just want the appointments to be divided fairly and when I talked to the offending ladies about it I got denial and eyelash fluttering. The other day one of them even booked one of my clients with herself...when my client got there she gave me a confused look and asked why I wasnt grooming her dog, when I said the book said she requested someone else she said she absolutely did not and asked if I was free. I guess I was since I had completed my whole 1 dog I had booked.