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pirmanger

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#1 Jun 13, 2008
What are your thoughts on the new dress code for Pier 1?? 2 of my employees quit today over it. We have had it. What are everyones honest thoughts?
Steven

Salem, OR

#2 Jun 13, 2008
I'm puzzled, it just seems like a waste of money to me. If they are sure that this change will increase sales, they should provide workers with the the new uniform instead of effectively lowering workers' pay-rates by forcing them to purchase new clothing for only two months each year (of course with such high turn-over, this will be the only time many will wear these outfits to work).
Is it just to support the 'Pier 1' brand?(Whatever that is now....)
pirmanger wrote:
What are your thoughts on the new dress code for Pier 1?? 2 of my employees quit today over it. We have had it. What are everyones honest thoughts?
Former Employee

Glendale, AZ

#3 Jun 13, 2008
What are the changes they made to the dress code?
pirmanager

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#4 Jun 13, 2008
The change for the sale only is white sneakers, blue jeans and white T-shirt. We get very dirty and it is too hot for jeans. The dress code change that is causing so many problems is pants must be one of 7 colors (not bad) shirts are also one of 7 colors black,white,grey,navy,beige,kh aki and olive and NO SNEAKERS! No prints are permitted. Much more difficult for the women. All to match our new patterned light beige aprons. My people work hard and do not make enough money to comply.
Alex if you are out there- When you came in to Pier 1 you offered us hope and change. You have given nothing and taken away everything. May Wal Mart swallow you whole and eat you for lunch you pathetic ********!
I ask you Sir Alex can you come to my store and unload all the clearance crap from a 15 ft truck in the sun at 1 PM wearing one of the 7 colors with no sneakers and be sure to wring out your clothes first before you approach customers, you have to be presentable, but do it with a smile! You expect the "team" to dig you out of the mess this company is in? Good luck! you have lost my store and 13 other stores support. You are done.
pirmanager2

United States

#5 Jun 13, 2008
So what it the big deal? Almost everyone I know has blue jeans and a white T-shirt.... and I have unloaded tons of trucks that exceed your 15 ft on a multiple basis every week... our truck unloading dress code has alwasy been jeans & t-shirts and you CHANGE your clothes after you finish unloading it so you can alternate to doing sales support on the floor.... And as for the enhanced dress code of solids to support the new branded APRONS is not a far stretch either, and every one of your associates probably already wears those colors in pants or skirts or dresses now.... Suck i t up... MOVE on already or shut up!
pirmanager2

United States

#6 Jun 13, 2008
BTW.... most of the time news and change will be received positively if you, as the leader, are presenting it in a positive way. If your team isn't being supportive, it's more than likely because you don't want to support the change.

Change creats growth... Be the change you want to see...
pirmanager

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#7 Jun 13, 2008
I too have unloaded many trucks far bigger than 15 ft and most of us have to unload them all by ourselves. I am all about change when it is for the BETTER. And for the record pirmanager2 our associates do not wear those colors, in pants yes but not shirts. Not one employee wears skirts or dresses. A dress? What are you on? I have remained positive for my team and they are angry beyond belief.I have a very good and strong team. "Be the change you want to see" LOL LOL Tell Alex that, maybe he will buy that load of crap! I can support the change a little better than my staff. however pirmanager2 do you make $8.00 an hour? Or are you unloading trucks in your moo moo dress with you big hairsprayed Dallas hair. You want to make it personal by telling me to shut up? Bring it on. You work in the state where the home office is. Things are run a little different down there. Do gumdrops grow on you trees at home?
P1 AL

Tallahassee, FL

#8 Jun 13, 2008
pirmanager wrote:
I too have unloaded many trucks far bigger than 15 ft and most of us have to unload them all by ourselves. I am all about change when it is for the BETTER. And for the record pirmanager2 our associates do not wear those colors, in pants yes but not shirts. Not one employee wears skirts or dresses. A dress? What are you on? I have remained positive for my team and they are angry beyond belief.I have a very good and strong team. "Be the change you want to see" LOL LOL Tell Alex that, maybe he will buy that load of crap! I can support the change a little better than my staff. however pirmanager2 do you make $8.00 an hour? Or are you unloading trucks in your moo moo dress with you big hairsprayed Dallas hair. You want to make it personal by telling me to shut up? Bring it on. You work in the state where the home office is. Things are run a little different down there. Do gumdrops grow on you trees at home?
I agree with you 100% If it were just the dress code that changed that would be no big deal, but when is it going to end? I have been with the company for over 10 years. Pretty much everything that I have earned over the years has been taken away and soon my health insurance (family coverage) will be gone too. We will have to pay an extra $400 a month to go through my husbands employer, too bad my hours were also cut. It is easy for people to say just leave and find another job, but I like my job, and have had a decade worth of raises, the most recent being my last, I was told that I am at the top of the pay scale for my position and will no longer recieve raises. A salary cap? It's not like I'm a professional athelete making millions. It is very apparent that they want the tenured employees gone, to save money of course. Too bad that the people that actually care about their jobs are being forced out, they are the ones needed to help the company bounce back... Sorry I went off the subject of dress code, but I sure feel better after ranting a moment!
pirmanager2

United States

#9 Jun 14, 2008
No hairsprayed moo-moo dresses here.... just the facts Ma'am... here we are in the back pocket of the Home Office and that means we get visitsw... all the time. Not just the RM, not just the DD, but investors, stockholders, buyers, HO Dept Directors, VPs and yes, Alex... he pops in weekely and he always asks questions and speaks to every member of the staff and you can bet your butt we have to uphold ourselves to a high standard in cleanliness, visual, etc. Those planners you get are filmed in our stores, and we do it ourselves. So maybe when I say you need to get a more positive attitude adjustment, it has to be in your staff. Everywhere you go the place you work at will have a Dress Code. The new one is just streamlined.
pirmanager

AOL

#10 Jun 14, 2008
Yes, there is a dress code almost everywhere you go. Business casual. Not color restrictions. We not in the color they demand now.
The planners you do yourselves? We all have to do them ourselves. So..
Well consider yourself LUCKY that not just the RM is the only one you see. Investors,stockholders,buyers, HO Dept. Directors, VPs and ALEX all come in to see you? WOW!!!! We at all the other states would love to see them. Texas has no idea outside the home office state. You can communicate with corporate. I am speechless. Your RM. can communicate to your HO and get answers! WOW!
Just curious, how many people are on your staff? How many hours does your store get a week? Honestly how many.How many employees will work the morning of the new sale with a truck. We are all very curious to what they are allotting you guys in Texas.
P1 Texas

Arlington, TX

#11 Jun 14, 2008
I am sorry but things are not all that hot here in Texas either. We all have had to make changes and work with a thrid less staff and get more work accomplished. All the while tring to work with the stores to ensure our bottom line. We are all under a salary cap and all have a dress code. Talk to you RM, we all are coming up with ideas to save time and money. Heck I state send Alex an email stating that it is not cost friendly to unload a truck on sale days. I am all for the new store dress codes. So people need a guideline.
Sarina1014

Dallas, TX

#12 Jun 14, 2008
Oh, all of this dress code crap is cracking me up. What egghead survey determined that the dress of the employee influences sales/profitablity? I tend to patronize vendors where the employees are clean and friendly. Funny, I think it could be proven there is a direct corolation between comfortable footwear and employee attitude. How can one be friendly and efficient when they are forced to wear footwear that makes their "dogs bark "?

King Alex, I no longer work for your crumbling empire but I challenge you to work in one of the "gulags" you have created. I would honestly love to hear about and see pictures of you unloading a truck, assembling furniture and selling to customers. If you would bother to walk a few steps,(never mind a few miles) in your employees' shoes and prove if you're human, your company might have a slim chance of succeeding. I doubt seriously that you would last even one day if you had to work in a Pier 1 store. Good luck, you'll need it.
p1man

United States

#13 Jun 14, 2008
Don't know about pirmanager2... but I'm in Dallas and we have less than 220 and we struggle with getting truck done in 24... but we are up against LY and that's our focus right now. 10 emps...
AM Detroit

Almont, MI

#14 Jun 15, 2008
I don't see what the big deal is over the dress code. Almost every employer has some kind of restrictions. My problem is with the white tennis shoes for the July sale only. No one buys solid white tennis shoes anymore. I will NOT spend $50+ on shoes I can only where for 4 weeks and never where again. If they want us to wear white for the sale, how come they couldn't supply fun t-shirts like they have in the past. Let it come out of their pocket, not mine.
pirmanager2

United States

#15 Jun 16, 2008
Most of the associates I had that did not have white tennis shoes went to Payless, KMart or Walmart to get Keds.... one girl said she spent $15, if it helps.... I did have to laugh about one of our associates who said she was going to dye her shoes for the Fall! Clever!
freeatlast

Webster, NY

#16 Jun 17, 2008
After 25 years with the company I finally left. Enough of the horsecrap. Enough of a RM who inspired nothing but fear and anxiety. Enough of having the store level personnel being, year after year, held accountable for the strategic missteps of upper management that, astonishingly, is STILL in place. Accountability, after all, is the simple process of shifting blame.

How refreshing to be able to sit back and read these mini-screeds about dress codes, skirts, scarves, blazers and so on. I've seen ALL these discussions and policies come and go at Pier 1 over a quarter century. With all the problems the company has faced, and still faces today, it is utterly amusing to read and hear all these petty comings and goings with policies, procedures, and initiatives. It's ALL been tried and done before.

Ultimately it's all for naught. Upper management doesn't care one whit about any of you. Period.(witness the cutting of full time positions, tenured associates, benefits, etc.) It doesn't matter how famously positive your attitudes are, or how many times you kiss up to Alex, Smalex, Ballax, or Phallix....None of you are worth a wart on a hogs butt!

At some point, it's only about the major shareholders, and how much return they can realize on their investments. You are all just functionaries for a greater purpose: Making upper management richer and more secure while most of the "dedicated" associates scramble to either find a full time job with health coverage, or two or three jobs to make ends meet.

There ARE better paying positions out there! There ARE companies that haven't reached that point of screwing with employees' livelihoods and lives. You just have to be diligent and find them. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about a company that, in my opinion, is a dying, failing proposition. Just my opinion, but I'm stickin' to it!
Bad Karma

Topanga, CA

#17 Jun 23, 2008
I am sorry I am not to happy with the new dress code and it is a big deal because I had to choose between food and gas. Doesn't Pier 1 Imports hear their employee's cries? If I am making a choose between food and gas, I am not thinking about the dress code. Pier 1 Imports know the dress code has nothing do with driving sales. I know our customers are also force to make those hard choices like me, gas or food or paying bills or gas? First off it cost money for me to drive to work, I have to pay rent, I have to pay bills, I have pay for food, our raises didn't help at all, this suck! The company promised us a bigger raise and to come to find out it was nothing. My stimulated check didn't help either because I had bills to pay. Why is the company kicking when we are already down? It hurt so much that our company is treating us like crap and promising us better changes. They cut my hours back, small increase in raises and took away my health insurance, Pier 1 Import has put me in a diffcult situation. I hate this company!
mra

Clarksville, IN

#18 Jun 30, 2008
I am so glad I don't work there anymore, that place is toxic.
left and love it

Lady Lake, FL

#19 Aug 11, 2008
Bad Karma wrote:
I am sorry I am not to happy with the new dress code and it is a big deal because I had to choose between food and gas. Doesn't Pier 1 Imports hear their employee's cries? If I am making a choose between food and gas, I am not thinking about the dress code. Pier 1 Imports know the dress code has nothing do with driving sales. I know our customers are also force to make those hard choices like me, gas or food or paying bills or gas? First off it cost money for me to drive to work, I have to pay rent, I have to pay bills, I have pay for food, our raises didn't help at all, this suck! The company promised us a bigger raise and to come to find out it was nothing. My stimulated check didn't help either because I had bills to pay. Why is the company kicking when we are already down? It hurt so much that our company is treating us like crap and promising us better changes. They cut my hours back, small increase in raises and took away my health insurance, Pier 1 Import has put me in a diffcult situation. I hate this company!
Man you said it.We are worrying about life decisions and then they work you up about dress code?Give it a rest.How is this going to increase sales or salvage any consumer confidence.
It seems the focus went from merchandise value and a positive shopping experience to "lets put it all on our associates"
White sneakers.....I am so glad I left.Just reading the garbage they put you through makes my blood boil.
Not with company anymore

Aldie, VA

#20 Aug 28, 2008
Alex, after all these changes you implement to supposedly save the company, I just hope it is still worth saving...

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