I’ve put two weeks in at the paint department.
I’m learning a lot at the store.
I have to be good at climbing the ladder.
For stocking, they keep big things up high. Early on, my boss told me to deal with garbage cans.
The store sells a good variety, from humongous to very large to plenty big.
I had to take some down to restock the supply on the floor, and make sure those still up top were in safe order. You know, so a stack will not topple over onto a customer’s noggin’.
Some things up high can be brought up and down with the store’s big ladders. Others should be maneuvered using the automated lift. While I was working part-time at register in front end, I made sure I became licensed to work on the automated lift because front end keeps its beverages stored on a top rack. My boss in paint was thrilled that I was certified for these ups and downs. And after one trip on the ladder, I knew the garbage pails were in the category that needed the automated lift. And yet I still managed a nice welt on one arm from hauling a stack over the restraining wire.
My second week, I also met what I’ll call the store’s scheduling ladder. I started with a shift that took me to closing time, noon to 9 p.m., and then up the figurative rungs I went, I told myself as I thought about it. The next day it was 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. And that was followed by several opening shifts, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. I made it. The gradual sweep was better than an open-to-close or close-to-open, as my part-time at front end tells me, though I assume there are those back-to-backs in my paint future.
Do you have a regular work schedule, or does it jump around? Which do you prefer, a steady schedule, or a variety of work hours? What are your favorite hours to work, and why?