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nedm

Pembroke, MA

#41 Jul 15, 2012
I was looking at just senior management. As for sex I get plenty.

The argument still fits that the only recourse is to leave. To argue that individual employees are going to make the store totally different is not going to fly. There is enough turnover at lowes to gradually change a whole store in less than five years.

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#42 Jul 15, 2012
nedm wrote:
I was looking at just senior management. As for sex I get plenty.
The argument still fits that the only recourse is to leave. To argue that individual employees are going to make the store totally different is not going to fly. There is enough turnover at lowes to gradually change a whole store in less than five years.
Gone are the days when the hourly employees will make a difference in the business. We are only a cog in the chain and they are not interested in our opinions or ideas. This isn't just true of Lowes but of probably most businesses. They should go back and read management books from the 80's and try to emulate that philosophy--when you really harness the knowledge and experience of your employees is when you will drastically change and improve the business. They won't do it because the management philosophy is the the GE philosophy AND there is no real threat to them. Their idea of improving the bottom line is getting rid of labor, the labor that is the life blood of the organization.
Blind Cutter

Vancouver, WA

#43 Jul 15, 2012
Thanks to all who gave the constructive advice. I transfered out of my low-volume store due to an ASM abusing his position of power with me. It consisted of humiliation, intimidation and threating words. The store I was transfered-to is such a different demagraphic and 75% more busy. I was grateful for the transfer, but after 1 month there I was on my 7th day of an 8 day stretch and strained my left knee. To the point that it was so swollen I couldn't bend it. I did not file a Worker's Comp claim as those go nowhere. So my concern is that the new store found a place for me in Paint & Home Decor, but find the faster pace and more physical needs are almost too much for me. I would like to step down to part time to save my body and all of it's ligaments...but don't want to have the new store without the coverage they thought they would be getting with me. Thus my concern for making them angry and thinking I can't do any job there. Any ideas? Am I just borrowing trouble?
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#44 Jul 15, 2012
"Their idea of improving the bottom line is getting rid of labor, the labor that is the life blood of the organization."

There's less demand for labor as more tasks are automated. Decades ago Milton Friedman went to Hong Kong and saw a excavation site where they were using shovels. When he asked why they said it was to make the work last longer. He replied asking why they aren't using spoons?

You should have filed a workmans comp claim. Toughing out a injury doesn't help you or the company. There's no rewards for a faster pace (remember call button records aren't really viewed by corporate). It is safety first and if that means slowing things down a tad so be it.

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