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DMxMD

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#21 Sep 24, 2012
2620MadisonMS wrote:
obviously DMxMD is a manager in training because no matter what is said they just keep saying the same thing. I said earlier flooring has a dm and specialist PERIOD. Should have is a different animal in my store and most depts are the same so if I was to Voluntake someone the other DM would bitch because he would have someone for his dept. We are not lucky like others who posted to have many people just hanging out talking. Also I am not into the nazi tactics that DMxMD and other future store manager prescribe to. Give me enought people to do the job and ill get it done.
I suggest you partner with your ASM then and come up with a plan, because what you're telling me is you're not at your required headcount and no one, including you, is doing anything to fix that, your boss thinks your department can realistically be doing better than it is and you don't know how to fix it, and you don't feel comfortable being a manager of people. Before you insult me for only being kind and offering solutions to someone that is obviously lost, maybe you should have some solutions to offer yourself. I can give you a call at your store tomorrow if you would like, and we can brainstorm together. Perhaps my peer at 2620 would like to be involved as well. We may just be able to find a solution to your store's problem in flooring.
Anonymous

Indian Trail, NC

#22 Sep 24, 2012
2620MadisonMS wrote:
obviously DMxMD is a manager in training because no matter what is said they just keep saying the same thing. I said earlier flooring has a dm and specialist PERIOD. Should have is a different animal in my store and most depts are the same so if I was to Voluntake someone the other DM would bitch because he would have someone for his dept. We are not lucky like others who posted to have many people just hanging out talking. Also I am not into the nazi tactics that DMxMD and other future store manager prescribe to. Give me enought people to do the job and ill get it done.
What kind of volume are you guys doing to be so poorly staffed? If you don't mind me asking.

Since: Oct 11

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#23 Sep 24, 2012
Captain_Morgan02 wrote:
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To a certain extent it can be blamed on upper management but at the same time, a real leader doesn't need a leader.
You are right but, how many "real" leaders do we have? We have a bunch of yes people and those who won't do anything unless it is approved by Pope Niblock and his Cardinals.
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#24 Sep 25, 2012
Captain_Morgan02 wrote:
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What kind of volume are you guys doing to be so poorly staffed? If you don't mind me asking.
My guess is a floor spec is out on FMLA. They wouldn't be under headcount otherwise. They're a $30M+ store running 5500ish hours per week. This is all available on connections files. Inexperienced jaded Spec turned DM is my guess.
Anonymous

Indian Trail, NC

#25 Sep 25, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
<quoted text>My guess is a floor spec is out on FMLA. They wouldn't be under headcount otherwise. They're a $30M+ store running 5500ish hours per week. This is all available on connections files. Inexperienced jaded Spec turned DM is my guess.
Why, especially this time of year, wouldn't they move another specialist into that slot. Sounds like his management team sucks @$$. When I took over my dept it was me and two spec. I told em I needed a CSA and didn't stop til I got one. They will expect results and that's what they got. Then as an added bonus they threw me a WE teamer for the fall and winter. Long as we keep blowin sales out, life is good. Sometimes you gotta put pressure on YOUR BOSS.
DMxMD

Gardner, KS

#26 Sep 25, 2012
Captain_Morgan02 wrote:
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Why, especially this time of year, wouldn't they move another specialist into that slot. Sounds like his management team sucks @$$. When I took over my dept it was me and two spec. I told em I needed a CSA and didn't stop til I got one. They will expect results and that's what they got. Then as an added bonus they threw me a WE teamer for the fall and winter. Long as we keep blowin sales out, life is good. Sometimes you gotta put pressure on YOUR BOSS.
Very true! Not being on the ground every day working in the individual departments, it can be difficult to see the small problems that cause big issues. Communication is KEY. Your ASM should be motivated to fix the issues too. It's his area also.

Since: Sep 12

Brandon, MS

#27 Sep 25, 2012
Obviously you are lucky to work with good management but that is not the case in my store. You can be an absolute superman but without help in your dept, other depts and from upper management you will not operate effectively. When you cover for other depts, answer code 3's, get carts, do your paperwork, downstock, freight, push in mowers and clean the breakroom you cannot do it for long without things beginning to drop.
cult of personality

United States

#28 Sep 25, 2012
2620MadisonMS wrote:
Obviously you are lucky to work with good management but that is not the case in my store. You can be an absolute superman but without help in your dept, other depts and from upper management you will not operate effectively. When you cover for other depts, answer code 3's, get carts, do your paperwork, downstock, freight, push in mowers and clean the breakroom you cannot do it for long without things beginning to drop.
Your FSA should be cleaning the breakroom, you should be coming together as a team for cart runs and such. Not that any store is perfect but a slight bit of team work goes a long way. I try to help in a department and usually the associate/ specialist wil help back. Its just natural human nature not to be rude. So if you put the olive branch out there a few times and help out, when you need it and ask they are alot less likely to come up with a lame excuse!
DMxMD

Westchester, IL

#29 Sep 25, 2012
2620MadisonMS wrote:
Obviously you are lucky to work with good management but that is not the case in my store. You can be an absolute superman but without help in your dept, other depts and from upper management you will not operate effectively. When you cover for other depts, answer code 3's, get carts, do your paperwork, downstock, freight, push in mowers and clean the breakroom you cannot do it for long without things beginning to drop.
DM is a difficult job. You will not find an intelligent member of management in the company that would argue that. You're expected to be chief cook and bottle washer. Been there. There is always a lot on your plate, and you don't always have tools to hold your people accountable like your ASM or SM does. How long have you been a DM and in flooring?

Since: Oct 11

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#30 Sep 25, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
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DM is a difficult job. You will not find an intelligent member of management in the company that would argue that. You're expected to be chief cook and bottle washer. Been there. There is always a lot on your plate, and you don't always have tools to hold your people accountable like your ASM or SM does. How long have you been a DM and in flooring?
I agree with you-I see our DM unloading trucks, putting freight away etc. We very seldom see them---He doesn't have enough help down on the other side of the store. But, we really do not need him-the two full time in our dept have been there for over 10 years combined,have plant managers etc (longer than any manager we have)-we know what needs to be done-very seldom do I have questions for her-Our DM is just a glorified CSA-great to work with though-she doesn't micro manage us like some of the DM's.

Since: Sep 12

Jackson, MS

#31 Sep 26, 2012
Not in flooring just using that dept as a example but Ive been there several years. I think that our dept which too is short runs pretty well. The people have alot of experience and know how to work but once we have to switch to cover inadequate areas of the store we sink. I manage very differently than upper management. I am in the boat with my people I do not stand around "delegating" because I know there is not enough people to do the job. I thank those who work with me and help our dept look good. It seems upper management just looks for something you are not doing right like answering other dept call buttons.

Since: Oct 11

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#32 Sep 26, 2012
2620MadisonMS wrote:
Not in flooring just using that dept as a example but Ive been there several years. I think that our dept which too is short runs pretty well. The people have alot of experience and know how to work but once we have to switch to cover inadequate areas of the store we sink. I manage very differently than upper management. I am in the boat with my people I do not stand around "delegating" because I know there is not enough people to do the job. I thank those who work with me and help our dept look good. It seems upper management just looks for something you are not doing right like answering other dept call buttons.
too bad our managers aren't being trained by you..
DMxMD

Lansing, IL

#33 Sep 26, 2012
Pedro Rodriquez wrote:
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too bad our managers aren't being trained by you..
When you were in manufacturing mgmt you probably weren't on the line churning out pieces yourself. Mgmt is a totally different job. Hourly supervisors are in the middle. That's why their job is difficult. The principal at a school does a completely different job than the teachers. The examples are endless. Lowes management spends WAY more time on the floor than most big box stores. Just saying.

Since: Oct 11

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#34 Sep 26, 2012
DMxMD wrote:
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When you were in manufacturing mgmt you probably weren't on the line churning out pieces yourself. Mgmt is a totally different job. Hourly supervisors are in the middle. That's why their job is difficult. The principal at a school does a completely different job than the teachers. The examples are endless. Lowes management spends WAY more time on the floor than most big box stores. Just saying.
Not our management-I wasn't churning out parts but I was on the floor as much as possible helping in ways only a manager can-solve problems that make them less efficient..by talking to them and listening. I took time every day to talk to all my employees-all 3 shifts. We had dept meetings-3 of them-one for 1st shift, one for 2nd shift and one for third shift (11pm). We didn't make everyone come in at 6am so it accommodated just the first shift-the person inconvenienced was me...and there wasn't any comp time and I was salaried.
Anna

Seminole, FL

#35 Sep 29, 2012
There is no motivation................The place is just a big shitty hardware store..........If you want a real job,,Get and education,,,,or enjoy coasting on empty..The people that take it so seriously.. really crack me up every day..
Anonymous

Indian Trail, NC

#36 Sep 29, 2012
Anna wrote:
There is no motivation..........The place is just a big shitty hardware store..........If you want a real job,,Get and education,,,,or enjoy coasting on empty..The people that take it so seriously.. really crack me up every day..
Why don't you quit?
Whickerbill

Mooresville, NC

#37 Sep 30, 2012
Pedro Rodriquez wrote:
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too bad our managers aren't being trained by you..
If I may re-phrase that a bit, it's too bad our managers aren't being trained at all. There was a time Lowes had decent training programs and someone to mentor a person in their new position. Those days are gone.

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