2013 Lowe's Store Staffing Changes

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#223 Jan 1, 2013
Brad Mason wrote:
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FYI, on your next interview don't mention you've been interviewed hundreds of times.
Brad-FYI-I don't....I go in wanting and trying to answer the questions honestly and to the best of my ability.
i Are smart

Mooresville, NC

#224 Jan 1, 2013
drfabs wrote:
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Good luck on your Department Manager Trainee interview! Oh, and don't forget to brush your tooth.
Haha... sorry lil fella, I haven't been a department manager since 2005! I answered the questions correctly! Oh, and I did brush my tooth. Do you think that's what did it? It's a pretty sexy tooth!
drfabs

South San Francisco, CA

#225 Jan 1, 2013
i Are smart wrote:
<quoted text>Haha... sorry lil fella, I haven't been a department manager since 2005! I answered the questions correctly! Oh, and I did brush my tooth. Do you think that's what did it? It's a pretty sexy tooth!
I'm so proud of you! Your momma must have raised you right. Lets do the Lowe's cheer!
i Are smart

Mooresville, NC

#226 Jan 2, 2013
drfabs wrote:
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I'm so proud of you! Your momma must have raised you right. Lets do the Lowe's cheer!
I don't have a momma, so I've just been using yours. She's pretty proud though. Thanks, lil fella.
Spanish Mike Alvarez

Schnecksville, PA

#227 Jan 2, 2013
Breaking News...

Hillary Clinton was released from the hospital and there will be no significant changes in the staffing structure at Lowe's in 2013.

This thread is now officially closed.

Please stop posting on it.

Thanks.
wow

Mooresville, NC

#228 Jan 3, 2013
you need psychiatric help dude.
SMA

Schnecksville, PA

#229 Jan 3, 2013
wow wrote:
you need psychiatric help dude.
Please stop posting on this thread. The topic has been closed.
wow

Mooresville, NC

#230 Jan 4, 2013
hahahaahaha ...whatever you say...you stop posting everywhere and we'll call it a deal.

Seems to most of us you have nothing significant to add to the world or this forum what so ever. Seriously, get some help and medication.
SMA

Schnecksville, PA

#231 Jan 4, 2013
No significant staffing changes this year.

This topic has now been closed.
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Mooresville, NC

#232 Jan 4, 2013
Your brain is closed.
DMxMD

Pinellas Park, FL

#233 Jan 4, 2013
I can do anything..........
HRM in PA

Mooresville, NC

#235 Jan 4, 2013
Few things... as an HRM I want to say that I havent been the happiest in my role. Keep that in the back of your mind as you hear what I'm about to say....
#1: "The SMs are being asked ego develop us more in this way and to basically be there for escalations and when we need help (like the HRM is supposed to be). " Like we're 'supposed' to be?? Excuse me? As a salaried, management PROFESSIONAL, my duties are not walking around and picking up the slack of a SM or DM that couldn't handle scheduling properly. I am NOT an extra warm body on the floor. I didn't go to college and spend boo-ko bucks to be a sales floor associate with NO OT.
2- "No HR"... i do believe that there are too many HRM's, I think it could be 1 HRM to every 3-4 stores with a few HR Coordinators underneath.
3- "If they were really going to make big changes to streamline things, why wouldn't they start with all the non-essentials first like HR".... non-essential huh? When I first started with Lowe's I thought this was going to be a easy job. I was wrong. You clearly have NO knowledge of what HR does and how important HR is to ANY company. And with Lowe's the HR functions are magnified with the millions of steps and ridicilious policies and procedures. HR is far more important that you will ever realize.
Charleen

Faribault, MN

#236 Jan 4, 2013
HRM in PA wrote:
Few things... as an HRM I want to say that I havent been the happiest in my role. Keep that in the back of your mind as you hear what I'm about to say....
#1: "The SMs are being asked ego develop us more in this way and to basically be there for escalations and when we need help (like the HRM is supposed to be). " Like we're 'supposed' to be?? Excuse me? As a salaried, management PROFESSIONAL, my duties are not walking around and picking up the slack of a SM or DM that couldn't handle scheduling properly. I am NOT an extra warm body on the floor. I didn't go to college and spend boo-ko bucks to be a sales floor associate with NO OT.
2- "No HR"... i do believe that there are too many HRM's, I think it could be 1 HRM to every 3-4 stores with a few HR Coordinators underneath.
3- "If they were really going to make big changes to streamline things, why wouldn't they start with all the non-essentials first like HR".... non-essential huh? When I first started with Lowe's I thought this was going to be a easy job. I was wrong. You clearly have NO knowledge of what HR does and how important HR is to ANY company. And with Lowe's the HR functions are magnified with the millions of steps and ridicilious policies and procedures. HR is far more important that you will ever
he is important but not how Lowes is using them. Ours walks around looking for reasons to jump us. They should be our advocate, ours is not. Ours could be a big resource for us, instead she does very little for us.

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#237 Jan 4, 2013
Everybody has the hardest job ever. Where should we put the HRM statue?
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#238 Jan 4, 2013
"Few things... as an HRM I want to say that I havent been the happiest in my role. Keep that in the back of your mind as you hear what I'm about to say."

I can't imagine any HRM in lowes being happy at this point.

"#1: "The SMs are being asked ego develop us more in this way and to basically be there for escalations and when we need help (like the HRM is supposed to be). " Like we're 'supposed' to be?? Excuse me? As a salaried, management PROFESSIONAL, my duties are not walking around and picking up the slack of a SM or DM that couldn't handle scheduling properly. I am NOT an extra warm body on the floor. I didn't go to college and spend boo-ko bucks to be a sales floor associate with NO OT."

Huh? There's hardly any job descriptions at lowes that require a degree on the store level. Like it or not what generally happens boils down to this. Does position xyz bring in money to the store? Yes or no? CSA's do, department managers do, ASM's I'd argue do and sm....hr on the other hand doesn't. How many customers deal with hr? How many times have you ever heard for anyone looking for hr? LP has a more important role I'd argue.

"2- "No HR"... i do believe that there are too many HRM's, I think it could be 1 HRM to every 3-4 stores with a few HR Coordinators underneath."

Well they are already testing floating hr at lowes
http://tinyurl.com/as4cq5u

Seriously though what's the point of a hr coordinator? My old store cut that nearly six years ago.

They already have a "seasonal hr"
http://tinyurl.com/agnepha

"3- "If they were really going to make big changes to streamline things, why wouldn't they start with all the non-essentials first like HR".... non-essential huh? When I first started with Lowe's I thought this was going to be a easy job. I was wrong. You clearly have NO knowledge of what HR does and how important HR is to ANY company. And with Lowe's the HR functions are magnified with the millions of steps and ridicilious policies and procedures. HR is far more important that you will ever realize."

Um...ok but keep this in mind. Lowes usually copies home depot I think most here can agree on that. Home depot gutted their hr's per store years ago. What specifically can hr do that the asm's and sm's cannot be trained to do? Prevent harassment? How is hr supposed to see harassment if they are in the office all day long? At least having a few asm's and the sm do it nearly assures more eyes and ears on the ground. Besides no position can prevent lawsuits so what specifically is the need these days?

If employees don't have a use for hr and customers don't then what EXACTLY is the point then? Checking to see if they are playing survivor? Pencil whipping LLC tests?

Companies need hr sure but lowes does not need them on the store level. Besides what is it saying about a company if they need to check on employees that they themselves hired? If they want better quality employees then raise the standards. Criminal background checks, drug tests, credit tests etc.

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#239 Jan 4, 2013
Well said nedm. Lowe's already has enough martyrs. Show some damn leadership for heavens sake.

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#240 Jan 4, 2013
nedm wrote:
"Few things... as an HRM I want to say that I havent been the happiest in my role. Keep that in the back of your mind as you hear what I'm about to say."
I can't imagine any HRM in lowes being happy at this point.
"#1: "The SMs are being asked ego develop us more in this way and to basically be there for escalations and when we need help (like the HRM is supposed to be). " Like we're 'supposed' to be?? Excuse me? As a salaried, management PROFESSIONAL, my duties are not walking around and picking up the slack of a SM or DM that couldn't handle scheduling properly. I am NOT an extra warm body on the floor. I didn't go to college and spend boo-ko bucks to be a sales floor associate with NO OT."
Huh? There's hardly any job descriptions at lowes that require a degree on the store level. Like it or not what generally happens boils down to this. Does position xyz bring in money to the store? Yes or no? CSA's do, department managers do, ASM's I'd argue do and sm....hr on the other hand doesn't. How many customers deal with hr? How many times have you ever heard for anyone looking for hr? LP has a more important role I'd argue.
"2- "No HR"... i do believe that there are too many HRM's, I think it could be 1 HRM to every 3-4 stores with a few HR Coordinators underneath."
Well they are already testing floating hr at lowes
http://tinyurl.com/as4cq5u
Seriously though what's the point of a hr coordinator? My old store cut that nearly six years ago.
They already have a "seasonal hr"
http://tinyurl.com/agnepha
"3- "If they were really going to make big changes to streamline things, why wouldn't they start with all the non-essentials first like HR".... non-essential huh? When I first started with Lowe's I thought this was going to be a easy job. I was wrong. You clearly have NO knowledge of what HR does and how important HR is to ANY company. And with Lowe's the HR functions are magnified with the millions of steps and ridicilious policies and procedures. HR is far more important that you will ever realize."
Um...ok but keep this in mind. Lowes usually copies home depot I think most here can agree on that. Home depot gutted their hr's per store years ago. What specifically can hr do that the asm's and sm's cannot be trained to do? Prevent harassment? How is hr supposed to see harassment if they are in the office all day long? At least having a few asm's and the sm do it nearly assures more eyes and ears on the ground. Besides no position can prevent lawsuits so what specifically is the need these days?
If employees don't have a use for hr and customers don't then what EXACTLY is the point then? Checking to see if they are playing survivor? Pencil whipping LLC tests?
Companies need hr sure but lowes does not need them on the store level. Besides what is it saying about a company if they need to check on employees that they themselves hired? If they want better quality employees then raise the standards. Criminal background checks, drug tests, credit tests etc.
"If they want better quality employees then raise the standards." And the pay.

" What specifically can hr do that the asm's and sm's cannot be trained to do?" Our HR, ASM's and SM are so far removed from the floor---we see them walking around...some, and if they hear something they don't like they ignore you and the complaint. No News is Good News.

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#241 Jan 4, 2013
You misunderstood. HR is necessary. HR at the store level, however, does not require a degree holding HR "salaried professional". I would argue that we only need a hourly personnel coordinator to take care of some of the administrative tasks. Technically, if you hired another head cashier so the DM-Admin didn't have to be coverage, you could wrap many of those duties (scheduling interviews, screening applicants, documenting attendance, etc) into their role. Is it nice to have the HR presence we have now? Yes. Is it necessary or does it produce a good return on investment? No.

This HRM that is not happy with their role is a product of hiring people who think of themselves as HR professionals to work as store level personnel coordinators. The real job is nothing like what they expect. Most companies promote people with retail experience into thus type of role instead and they are happier, because they have realistic expectations of the role. As for what we ask of you as store management, Lets just say there's a reason HR is a PG10 and ASM is PG12. You aren't running the store, we are. We will delicate some things to you from time to time. Your job is to support us, as we are your primary customers.

Since: Oct 11

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#242 Jan 4, 2013
DMxMD wrote:
You misunderstood. HR is necessary. HR at the store level, however, does not require a degree holding HR "salaried professional". I would argue that we only need a hourly personnel coordinator to take care of some of the administrative tasks. Technically, if you hired another head cashier so the DM-Admin didn't have to be coverage, you could wrap many of those duties (scheduling interviews, screening applicants, documenting attendance, etc) into their role. Is it nice to have the HR presence we have now? Yes. Is it necessary or does it produce a good return on investment? No.
This HRM that is not happy with their role is a product of hiring people who think of themselves as HR professionals to work as store level personnel coordinators. The real job is nothing like what they expect. Most companies promote people with retail experience into thus type of role instead and they are happier, because they have realistic expectations of the role. As for what we ask of you as store management, Lets just say there's a reason HR is a PG10 and ASM is PG12. You aren't running the store, we are. We will delicate some things to you from time to time. Your job is to support us, as we are your primary customers.
"Your job is to support us, as we are your primary customers." Seems to me the should be OUR advocate not a gatekeeper for management.

Since: Nov 12

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#244 Jan 5, 2013
HR managers aren't employee advocates. They work for the company to enhance and protect the store. Should they be knowledgeable and professional and willing to assist in explaining HR policy, benefits, etc. to employees? Of course.

Individual stores should have HR managers on premises based on their size. My uneducated guess regarding a Lowe's store would about 75-100 and up.

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