Diane Hartman and the Annual Shareholders Meeting

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Nov 26, 2013
 
WAGwilly wrote:
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3. I was docked on my review for no community service. Sounds mandatory to me.
WAGthat summed it up nicely. You do extra, you get extra. Not mandatory, but rewarded. Out of curiosity, why did you choose to not volunteer just several hours of your time? We all have 8,760 hours in our year. Are you unable to give three or four of those hours to help someone who may need them more? Just curious. I mean, even if you do sacrifice some hours just for the sake of a score, it's easy to do better on your evaluation.

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Diane - "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mahatma Gandhi

I don't think so much about being right/wrong or winning/losing anymore but this forum has certainly given people a chance to air their grievances/whine/whatever...

I would guess that cmon is not a minion so if someone is on this forum on or off the clock and is taking the time to comment, there is a reason.

This forum appears in any search for Walgreens and store positions for any current or potential employees to see...

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Nov 26, 2013
 
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My apologies! I did not realize that "Walgreen Forum" was only for "bitching and venting." And there are MANY positive things in this company! There are rough edges like any company, but as you say, all stores are not created equal.... so for example, people should not say "age discrimination" cause it's a one off and doesn't represent the whole company. And the "bitching and venting" of others allows me the opportunity to inform everyone that there are great stores and districts out there. I believe that's fair. Always two sides.
Point taken.. and thank you for being nice in you response.
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Nov 26, 2013
 
Thank you Livinginavan ; )
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To cmon and wow,

You two seem to enjoy picking on Diane simply because she wants to be heard. She has legitimate grievences with Walgreens, issues that largely go ignored and shelved. As for her being a shareholder, that does out her in a good position of authority to help bring to light these issues. If you read carefully, she has been specific on these issues that DO affect the company in various ways: production, team morale, team HEALTH, and yes, even the bottom. Employees who not happy and healthy and well compensated are less productive, less driven, and therefore increases turnover. These issues contribute to company losses that could and should be prevented, yet Walgreens ignores them. I'd like to think that all or most of us, regardless of where we stand on the issues, are passionate about Walgreens and in some way want the company to succeed for the future going forward. We all want the same things just go about it in different ways, and that's okay. Civil debate, intelligent discourse, and level heads will be for the benefit of all, but these issues need to be addressed and dealt with in a respectful manner. Does Walgreens have a lot of positives in their favor? Sure they do, but the negatives weigh more and therefore cause more damage. Look at all these lawsuits and disgruntled people. I don't think people are making things up out of thin air. There's a reason this forum exists, and these negatives are that reason. If Diane actually had a fair experience with Walgreens, she wouldn't be on here regardless. She would do something else with her time. Sadly, she was a victim of bullying and hence her she is. Do yourselves a favor and listen with an open and objective mind. Better yet, put yourself in a smiling position: how would you handle it? Would you go to your superiors? Would they take you seriously and work towards positive change? None of that happened for her.

Your constant attacks are vague, baseless, and only serve to put you both in a bad light. Whoever you two really are, whatever your motivations, there's no need to attack a fellow. Her being a shareholder is not hypocritical. In fact, in terms of money, she's worried about how these issues affect her investment in the company and her own future. You see Walgreens as infallible, but it's not and not even above reproach. It needs to be held accountable for its actions and its decisions that do affect affect people's livelihood. I came into this company nearly ten years ago thinking my future would be secure and now it's not. That's not the way it should be.

Look at the recent layoffs and streamlining. People saw it coming, but they probably believed it wouldn't happen to them, and now it is. Sure there are people who need to be separated, but the layoffs, as an example, are affecting a lot more people than need be, people are or were dedicated and had their futures pinned on Walgreens. Is it their fault that they didn't plan any different? Should it be?

And what about the new people coming in? Think of today's youth, their culture, and their expectations. Do you think they'll stay quiet for long? Look at the new ASMs on this forum and you'll see more worry and discontent than acceptance. This is yet another example of Walgreens' decisions that negatively impact people.

Should people go find other jobs just because you tell them to, because it's so easy? Have YOU TWO found other jobs? Maybe your support of Walgreens should also include suggestions, real concrete and helpful suggestions, for people who want out of Walgreens. Of course, neither of you present anything useful period. If you love this company that much, support it that much, than what are you doing on this forum? Why not try to make some positive changes, post them here for others to follow, and truly lead? You haven't and I suspect you never will. And therefore the cycle never ends.

Matter of fact, you want a target: come at me. Leave everyone else alone and come get me. What do you say?
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Nov 26, 2013
 
Bam wrote:
<quoted text>I wish they would turn the a/c up in Cali!
that happens in FL all the time too. You know what works great? ThermaCare hear wraps on the sensors! I'm totally serious. The a/c is programmed to come on if it gets too hot in order to save the computer equipment. The heat wraps ensure that it gets too hot. At least the sensor thinks so!:-)
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WAGwilly wrote:
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3. I was docked on my review for no community service. Sounds mandatory to me.
Same here. My manager specifically told me that, in that area where "community service" is taken into account, I would have received a 5 instead of a 4 if I had attended 1 or 2 community events (of course - off the clock).
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WAGthat summed it up nicely. You do extra, you get extra. Not mandatory, but rewarded. Out of curiosity, why did you choose to not volunteer just several hours of your time? We all have 8,760 hours in our year. Are you unable to give three or four of those hours to help someone who may need them more? Just curious. I mean, even if you do sacrifice some hours just for the sake of a score, it's easy to do better on your evaluation.
I gave enough to this company that gives nothing back. To answer your question, yes I was unable to give up any more of my time to this piece of crap company. Especially for free. If anyone that hires me wants to make community service a requirement, then they can damn well pay me for my time. My job is my job, I work the hours I am getting paid to work. You keep drinking the kool aid. It won't do you any good when you have that 50th birthday. You will be out like the rest of us.
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cmon wrote:
Thank you Diane for the opportunity to present fair information and represent everyones' interests. We need loud, clear voices so that shareholders truly see what is happening in stores so that change can happen! I do not have the opportunity to travel and share my concerns, so I am hopeful that you may be my voice. Again, thank you for sharing all of our concerns as we are not brave enough to speak on our own.
My first concern. We are a company of leniency. Walgreens gives too many chances to employees before we can terminate. Walgreens cares too much for everyone.
Second. Walgreens actually contributes money to help employees pay for insurance. Shouldn't this money be used for other things like matching our profit sharing?... Oh wait, they do that, too.
Third. Many states don't require workday breaks, so why does Walgreens require me to give them?! Lost work!
Fourth. Why must Walgreens give us so much vacation and sick time? Lost productivity!
Fifth. We need to dissolve the employee discount. My store loses gross on these sales.
Sixth. When you have that one, crazy, entitled, self-centered, lazy crybaby who just feels like she never gets her way, who tries to start trouble either for financial gain, for a band of Oh-poor-me followers, or just because of a personal vendetta that consumes her ever waking moments and dreams, please, please, please let me fire her a$$ without red tape so that her poison doesn't affect my store's performance. There are WAY too many people who want a job (where they work and keep personal feelings in check) so that they can put food on the table for there families.
I have so much more, but unfortunatelyi have run out of time. I hope that I have given you enough to make an impact on this way-too-forgiving company. The way they throw benefits at employees, give them numerous chances to grow, and make us go through hoops to fire the toxic complainers really hurts my feelings and makes me feel oppressed. I wish that I, too, could go to this meeting, stand by your side, cry and whine, and just feel terrible. And we could show the world how utterly miserable we are. We can tell them how our experiences made us physically sick and how the managers treated us horribly and scared us to death when they had to sit down to talk with us cause we did something wrong. And then we could join an anti-workplace-bullying group and tell of our horrific experiences. We could even phone Dr. Phil and see if he would have us on his show so that America can see just how loony-tunes we really are!
Again, thank you for reaching out so that you can use your voice to present all of our concerns fairly. Topix and Facebook gives us such opportunity to feel big and important. I'm sure that all of your loyal followers, who encourage others to speak out, would have no reason to not give their names and locations to prove their loyalty to your amazing cause. Because we all know, Topix and Facebook friends can be counted on. If you can't make friends in real life, there's always Internet sites!
Good luck and please pass my concerns along! You are my voice!
By far the most amazing comment on topix.
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Cmkon -- RE: Out of curiosity, why did you choose to not volunteer just several hours of your time?

Years and years and many years before I came to Walgreens, and to this day, I voluntarily give many hours to three of my favorite charities. One is through my church, one deals with a literacy program and the other works year ‘round to help provide gifts for underprivileged children during the year end holiday season. With the wonderful crew I work with, there are maybe two, possibly three people that know what I do outside of Walgreens. Do the managers know? I seriously doubt it. Do I really care? No. I do not need to disclose to Walgreens that being a volunteer for a worthwhile program should be any of their concern. Helping others, serving your community, should always be a gift of the heart.

Unfortunately, there are those employees that choose to participate in company sponsored events simply to improve their annual performance review. That is so self serving, it flies in the face of altruism. Let’s take it a step further………would you want to work for someone like that? Would you want to work for someone who only does what they think is going to help them get an extra point or two on the yearly evaluation? That type of action makes me step back and ask myself, is this person real, are they honest, are they trustworthy? When the chips are down, can you really count on them?

At this point, Walgreens has approximately 8,100 stores. If only one person from each store gave four hours of their time on a monthly basis for community service, that would be a whooping 32,000 man hours to help benefit mankind. I think you would be very surprised at just how many employees this company has that are kind-hearted and generous of spirit.

Yes, there are a number of employees that choose not to participate in company sponsored events. That does not mean they are selfish. That does not mean they would not help others in need.

Also, did you ever stop to think that maybe some of the charities or community events that Walgreens sponsors may be distasteful to certain employees? That to participate simply for the sake of extra points on a performance review would go against everything that individual believes in?

This is a very touchy subject. This is not black and white, right or wrong. Gifts from the inner spirit are just that -- gifts. While every individual has to make their own choice, when you give with the ulterior motive that it makes you look better, that you will be favored for promotions, higher raises, etc., you did not really give…….you just worked the system.
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cmon wrote:
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WAGthat summed it up nicely. You do extra, you get extra. Not mandatory, but rewarded. Out of curiosity, why did you choose to not volunteer just several hours of your time? We all have 8,760 hours in our year. Are you unable to give three or four of those hours to help someone who may need them more? Just curious. I mean, even if you do sacrifice some hours just for the sake of a score, it's easy to do better on your evaluation.
However, it is against the law to force an employee to donate their time. I never said that I/we don't volunteer we do to a lot of organizations of OUR choice not wags.
As for the experienced employee WHO WORKS VERY HARD AND HAS BEEN LOYAL FOR YEARS is terminated because they are replacing them with unexperience clock punching idiots. I never said that the employee was mediocre. In fact I know of several who were 5's until they reached 50 and top of the pay scale. Quacks like a duck, walks like a duck it ain't no turkey.
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Shampoo Lady

I applaud you! Could not have said it better.

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Nov 27, 2013
 
Could someone give me feedback on my Thread Questions "Will Walgreens adjust your time if you clock out already & have to stay longer"
It is done at the two stores that I have worked for was wondering if it happens at other stores across the whole chain?
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Davisluv1234 wrote:
Could someone give me feedback on my Thread Questions "Will Walgreens adjust your time if you clock out already & have to stay longer"
It is done at the two stores that I have worked for was wondering if it happens at other stores across the whole chain?
Thanks,
You are really impatient. Are you going to post on every thread until yours is answered?

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I think you are all nuts for bringing such a great initiative into such a bad light. Community events are not FOR Walgreens.... they are FOR whoever you may be supporting. Just as ShampooLady stated, if only one employee gave four hours from each store, wouldn't that be AMAZING!? And isn't that what Walgreens is promoting? I had never volunteered my time to anyone, anywhere. It wasn't until Walgreens asked me to do something good for my community that I realized that there are people out there needing my help. Now I can say that I've helped numerous people over the years and that feels good. And Walgreens, being a huge company focusing on wellness, is obligated to help their communities... and that's why they ask us to participate. Unfortunately, it's like pulling teeth to get people to volunteer their time. So Walgreens had to offer incentives to get people out there. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I applaud Walgreens for making it a focus. And honestly, people who complain about a company trying to persuade their employees to give some time to those in need are a bit nuts. Those who do volunteer their time for whatever reason and for whatever need should be in agreement with me. Wouldn't it be great if all companies asked their employees to help? Think about the difference we could make then!
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Im all for community events, however, I don't think it's right to dock employees for not participating on their review. 3 of my SR Techs were docked for not participating.
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Wow wrote:
Seriously, if you don't like the way Walgreens is, than why are you still here? It's not hard to quit a job, ya know? Bullying and low pay and discrimination take place in every company. Get a life. This company is just fine, with or without you douche bags.
I'm also in Phoenix, and can tell you that you are full of crap. Morale in this market is LOW. And the lady that is fighting Walgreens is simply bringing awareness to Walgreens actions. She's helping us out! Corporate will continue their BS until the public becomes aware of their actions. No reason to name call.

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I think Walgreen committing to not selling cigarettes and liquor in their stores would be a stronger statement to supporting wellness in their community than giving four hours to a community event.
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"I think you are all nuts for bringing such a great initiative into such a bad light. Community events are not FOR Walgreens...."
Har, har, har, really? They ARE for Walgreens, a way to promote the WAG name. Why do you suppose it doesn't count as community service unless it's one of their pet projects? You think if you tell them you spend one day a month at some little unheard of charity of YOUR choice that it counts for anything on your review?
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ThinkUpbeat wrote:
I think you are all nuts for bringing such a great initiative into such a bad light. Community events are not FOR Walgreens.... they are FOR whoever you may be supporting. Just as ShampooLady stated, if only one employee gave four hours from each store, wouldn't that be AMAZING!? And isn't that what Walgreens is promoting? I had never volunteered my time to anyone, anywhere. It wasn't until Walgreens asked me to do something good for my community that I realized that there are people out there needing my help. Now I can say that I've helped numerous people over the years and that feels good. And Walgreens, being a huge company focusing on wellness, is obligated to help their communities... and that's why they ask us to participate. Unfortunately, it's like pulling teeth to get people to volunteer their time. So Walgreens had to offer incentives to get people out there. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I applaud Walgreens for making it a focus. And honestly, people who complain about a company trying to persuade their employees to give some time to those in need are a bit nuts. Those who do volunteer their time for whatever reason and for whatever need should be in agreement with me. Wouldn't it be great if all companies asked their employees to help? Think about the difference we could make then!
What incentives do they give?

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