I work in retail three days a week whilst DD is at nursery. It's for extra money.!
The company I work for is a fairly large department store but slowly going out of fashion. Our store is always underperforming and there have been budget cuts. I've worked there for three months and so far, the things that have annoyed me are:
- I work 10-2, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. My contract states these hours and days. Yet, multiple times I have been told- or ordered, even- to stay half an hour extra. I can't do that as I have to get DD from nursery and they charge me for a whole hour if I'm late. I can't afford to pay the late charge. It's also annoying for nursery and my DD is I'm up to an hour late with no notice! Each time I've said no and last week I had to basically walk in out with duty manager shouting at me for being selfish.
- I keep getting put down for 9-15 hours overtime a week. Each week I say I can't do it, as I have no childcare and I don't want to work extra time. That's why I made sure to get a job with set hours and days. Yet multiple times I've been rung up on one of the 'overtime' days and asked where I am.
- I was supposed to be on the women's department. I was interviewed for this position. However, two weeks ago, I got put on the men's department permanently. I don't know where anything is, I have no idea about sizes, door codes, procedures and keep making mistakes. I had a three hour induction on the women's department, so I don't know why I've been abandoned on the men's department.
I've never worked in retail. I have a Law degree and used to be a lawyer but I haven't worked for ten years. Twenty years since I was full time. I genuinely don't know if I need to toughen up and get on, or if I've been unlucky.
IABU to expect more from work or is this normal in retail?
I've had a look for part time law work but there isn't much. I was simply looking for a simple, part time job with set hours that allows me to go when I've finished at X time.
AIBU for wanting to leave? I'm fully open to hearing if I just need to be more tolerant.