unfair work scheduling
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immatemp

Columbia, TN

#1 Jun 26, 2009
Why can't I have a semi-constant schedule as a cashier for HD? I don't see how it is unfair to everyone else. I don't ask for every weekend off or anything like that. I'd just like maybe one or 2 weekends a month. There is a lady that I work with that NEVER works weekends. There has to be a way to rotate out and make everyone's schedule semi-constant. Also, they tell me to check my schedule everyday because the scheduler changes my schedule at random, doesn't call to let me know that it's changed (usually changes after I've clocked out, more often than not) and confirm that it's okay with me. Any suggestions?
immatemp

Columbia, TN

#2 Jun 26, 2009
Thinking about changing my work availability because i can't ever attend church anymore or see my family. They'd probably "let me go" if I did that though. Can't find anything in the labor laws about this issue.
depotguy

Greenwood, IN

#3 Jun 27, 2009
I have to say probably the only foot you have to stand on here is that someone else in your department is getting every weekend off. Other than that no company has to give you any kind of considerations for your schedule, other than religious and even then it has to be within reason.

As far as getting a weekend off a month or 2 weekends off a month. The reason we don't have rotating schedules, etc. is because people put in requests off and then it throws off the rotation and eventually it just doesn't work. Might work for a week or even a month but eventually a request off will throw the rotation out of whack and it all goes to hell.
Ex 12 year employee

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jun 27, 2009
immatemp wrote:
Why can't I have a semi-constant schedule as a cashier for HD? I don't see how it is unfair to everyone else. I don't ask for every weekend off or anything like that. I'd just like maybe one or 2 weekends a month. There is a lady that I work with that NEVER works weekends. There has to be a way to rotate out and make everyone's schedule semi-constant. Also, they tell me to check my schedule everyday because the scheduler changes my schedule at random, doesn't call to let me know that it's changed (usually changes after I've clocked out, more often than not) and confirm that it's okay with me. Any suggestions?
That's just retail. I know it sucks but that's how it works. The lady you spoke of with weekends off I'm sure is at the contractor register. That position was made for the contractors so they could deal with the same familiar face each day. Stores usually have one or two. So unless you can get one of those spots even at another store depending how many you have in your area your kinda stuck.
not happy

Sioux City, IA

#5 Jul 3, 2009
you know they cut back my schedule,but the master trade specialists keep working.I hear the ones at my store make like $22 bucks an hour.and all they do is complain about working late,any body else see something wrong with this?
immatemp

Columbia, TN

#6 Jul 3, 2009
Well, at my previous job (also retail) I had a constant reliable schedule. The only time it differed was if someone called out or had vacation, and even still I was notified and even asked if I could cover their shifts. I don't mind when I'm asked, but if nobody tells me about it and just pencils me in, it gets a little irritating. At my old job I knew my schedule 3-4 weeks in advanced. I can't plan appointments with the schedule I'm given now. There is no acceptable reason as to why a constant schedule can't be conceived.
Ghandi

Norcross, GA

#7 Jul 7, 2009
If you are part-time, then you get scheduled according to your availability that you provided. If you don't like it, request to update your availability with your scheduler. Usually, PT has a lot more flexibility than FT. FT pretty much works whenever the store is open. Also, make some friends at work who can swap with you. If you have a trade arranged when you talk to your scheduler, it's a lot better than just complaining about it.
Home Depot Associate

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#8 Dec 6, 2009
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HDinHD

Atlanta, GA

#9 Dec 9, 2009
immatemp wrote:
There is no acceptable reason as to why a constant schedule can't be conceived.
Sure there is what if other people want that schedule, it doesn't make sense, business wise, to have coverage for only specific parts of the day. If they gave everyone set schedules then weekends wouldn't fare so well. The only way to be consistant and fair is alternating schedules, some days will be ok some won't. At least your working right?
immatemp

Columbia, TN

#10 Dec 9, 2009
eff home depot. that's all i have to say. they can suck a big fat one.
Jacksonville- FL

Jacksonville, FL

#11 Dec 15, 2009
I am really confused about the statement "keeping customers first" we were even given patches/ logo's to pin on our aprons advertising how important out customers are to The Home Depot...Our store manager at store #6351, Yvette Lawrence, is not only rude to the customers, she is also rude and non-caring to the associates. Some of us associates may have been with this company for more years than she has been on earth and she still feels that we are beneath her. She has been rude to customers that have reported such incidents to corporate and she still remains gainfully employed with this company that supposedly values their customers and I would like to feel as if the associates are valued also. We are not meeting sales goals like we should because of our present store manager is making the associates feel as if we are not important and bringing down the morale of most associates whom have loved working for Home Depot for many years. We once were confident in reporting mistreatment to the aware-line but somehow Ms. Lawrence seem to find out about our complaints before we return to work the following work day. Now no-one complains because we all have families and need out jobs and we all know that if she finds out that we have filed a complaint about her then she will find reasons to terminate that particular individual, therefore very few complains. Hopefully Mr. Frank Blake or Mr. George Rankin, will view this email and seriously investigate this situation....So that we the associates can go back to feeling as joyous and exciting as we use to feel coming to work, prior to Ms. Lawrence moving to our store #6351.....Sincerely, One Desperate Home Depot Associate whom speaks for many!!!!
spitfire

Amarillo, TX

#12 Apr 26, 2010
I worked as a cashier for a year and my schedule was always terrible. I finally made up a story about my mom being really sick and me having to take care of my sister after 7 pm everyday so that gave me some more time to spend with my family and friends. Weekends were still terrible. Saturday and Sunday were always 1:30-10:30 shifts so it was out of the question to do anything at all. Retail is terrible and the schedules are unfair but they don't care at all. Instead of being considerate, they just do whatever they please whether it hurts someone or not.
Unionize Home Depot

Wilmington, DE

#13 May 14, 2010
Okay about schedules. Store Managers have to manage these stupid graphs that this arcane system says tracks when a store needs associates. Here is the deal: where you are in the "in" group you can work any schedule you want. You are not changing the stupid system so here is what I suggest: find the "in" group that is running the show. Probably the ops manager. Kiss some but and make your case to him/her. If you are on the ops managers "cool" list you can do what you want. Get informed on get walked on.
JOE Blow

Ottawa, Canada

#14 Jul 31, 2012
Find another job if you dont like it
Mike Hero

Ottawa, Canada

#15 Jul 31, 2012
Its always women that start the complaints .
Fired from Lowes ex HDer

Booneville, KY

#16 Oct 6, 2012
Check the labor laws in your state. Some make it unlawful for a retailer to schedule you for 7 days in a row and unlawful to require you to work on Sundays. It's a start.
Ricky

Bakersfield, CA

#17 Feb 19, 2014
immatemp wrote:
Thinking about changing my work availability because i can't ever attend church anymore or see my family. They'd probably "let me go" if I did that though. Can't find anything in the labor laws about this issue.
well im pretty sure they have to let you go to church. if im not mistaken its illegal for them to say you cant go or fire you if im not mistaken that is

Since: Feb 14

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#18 Feb 24, 2014
I had to miss church for a long time when I first starting working with HD. At least in CA, I don't think there's a law against that. Most people working in retail get stuck working on the weekend.

Being said, I have a set schedule now, and weekends off. But very very few people get that. The "work/life balance" thing is a joke there.
Anonymous

Lake Elsinore, CA

#19 Mar 14, 2014
You're all just a bunch of complainers. I worked weekends for 4 years. (Unless I requested one off or was blessed to have it off). If you don't like it, go to school and get into education or another industry that doesn't operate during weekends. or start a business and work when you want. Just complaining and not doing anything to change your situation... Sad.
Skyrgian

Eugene, OR

#20 Mar 19, 2014
Do like I did and find a new weekend. I've had my schedule set up for about 6 months so that I work Saturday through Wednesday, and have Thursday and Friday off. It took some haggling with the SM, but it can be done. Also I never work past 4 on Wednesdays. :)

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