Mark's Blog 1/16/2012 (Admitting abou...

Mark's Blog 1/16/2012 (Admitting about layoffs?)

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Since: Jan 12

San Francisco, CA

#1 Jan 19, 2012
Mark's Recent blog is VERY very telling. Read between the lines on this one. What are you thoughts? The comments seem to be repeating what we say here, or maybe his comments are from some of us. This is the most blatant blog I've seen from his hinting at cutbacks/layoffs.

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#2 Jan 19, 2012
It felt like he was hiding behind to CLs to say cuts are coming, the company obviously has no choice, live with it.

The fact he used CLs to do it could be taken as a sign that SMs are the ones to go...but I think that maybe reading too much into it

Regardless, it's sad that he has to hide behind CLs to make it feel like this belief that we much make cuts is universally accepted within the company

Since: Jan 12

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jan 19, 2012
RetaiLifer wrote:
It felt like he was hiding behind to CLs to say cuts are coming, the company obviously has no choice, live with it.
The fact he used CLs to do it could be taken as a sign that SMs are the ones to go...but I think that maybe reading too much into it
Regardless, it's sad that he has to hide behind CLs to make it feel like this belief that we much make cuts is universally accepted within the company
Your right, having the CLs in the mix telling us essentially that, Retail landscape is changing = You are obsolete, we will go on without you draining our payroll.

"no decision that can potentially impact our people so significantly is easy"

= It will hurt us more than it will hurt you(un-sincerely), to see you guys go.

"It's unavoidable that such a significant contract will impact our budgets and HR"

= ESI made us lay all of you off. What were we supposed to do? We need to save the sanctity of Walgreen pharmacy by psyching them out...if we can't afford to keep you in the process then so be it!

"itís part of doing business and being professionals. In response to that reality, itís those of us in the field that have to be dynamic in dealing with this matter"

= Common! Your a grown up! Take it like a man! In response to your whining about weather you have a job or not, the reality is we have already decided. Be flexible enough to look for something else. Not our problem anymore!

"Strength in decision-making at every store, while difficult in the short term, will put us in the best position long term"

= We will be merciless when you gripe about how long you've been with the company, tears? no matter. Our strength lies in us being able to feel nothing, and hand you your "PINK SLIP" without so much as a flinch.

"That's where our focus needs to be - not what's beyond our control - but what we can influence each day"

= You never had a choice about this issue, you can't influence it or control it in any way. Your employment may end at Walgreen's, but look what you can control! You can control interviewing and pounding the pavement again!

"by sticking to the five core strategies outlined by Greg Wasson, we will continue to be successful"

=We have a new plan...WE as in WITHOUT YOU.

"There's no silver bullet coming from Deerfield to bring in billions of dollars to replace ESI"

=We aren't changing our damn minds, nor will WE at corporate try to replace our revenue.

"So how do we increase our level of service to guarantee customer loyalty? How do we get one more item in each customerís basket?"

=Now that you know where you stand PEON, how are you doing on making us money? Are you doing it? huh? You have a couple months left.

"The loss of ESI and the constant concerns about our economy affect us all in some capacity"

=Us Community Leaders have our annoyances...er...Problems from this as well...so don't think you are the ONLY ones!(How selfish of all of you out in the field to think its all about you guys!)

"As Community Leaders for a company that has been around for 111 years, we want to know from you what you're doing to help overcome these challenges."

=We have been ordained the new gods, you just dont know it yet. So before they give me the power to act, try not to piss us off and tell us if you have any ideas that might make us consider to make you a "keyholder".
Natasha

United States

#4 Jan 19, 2012
Mgtsf- I for one appreciate your insure you shared on your last post for this thread. I for one think it's very important to have a plan in case our worst fears come true. It seems as though most employees are completely unaware of the severity of the situation. It is equally important to be proactive in this situation. I for one am trying to not draw attention to myself for knowing or being aware of corporates possible solution at work. This is so hard to do when my extincts are wanting me to yell it from the roof tops how wrong this is and to warn people to save themselves. Does this topic upset or stress you out like it does me? Are others discussing this at the stores the work in or is it a no-no?

Since: Jan 12

Walnut Creek, CA

#5 Jan 20, 2012
Natasha wrote:
Mgtsf- I for one appreciate your insure you shared on your last post for this thread. I for one think it's very important to have a plan in case our worst fears come true. It seems as though most employees are completely unaware of the severity of the situation. It is equally important to be proactive in this situation. I for one am trying to not draw attention to myself for knowing or being aware of corporates possible solution at work. This is so hard to do when my extincts are wanting me to yell it from the roof tops how wrong this is and to warn people to save themselves. Does this topic upset or stress you out like it does me? Are others discussing this at the stores the work in or is it a no-no?
It's not really a hush hush kinda thing. Of course we wont talk about it in front of the normal employees. Since most of them will be safe, it concerns mostly management. As management we can't really let our insecurities show through to the ones we manage (kinda bad for Moral ya know?) Me and my SM and EXA talk about it freely to each other. My SM didn't seem to know anything about it until I brought it up to him...it was at that moment my EXA seemed to know more about it than I did.

I don't see why it would be hush hush though. Every employee has the ability to log in and look up the "January 2012 Team Member Town Hall Q&A" and come to the conclusion themselves...so it's not like the general IDEA of layoffs isn't public.

You are right though, most employees have no clue..or wouldn't believe it even if you told it to them. I would also argue that most of them aren't suspecting enough to even look it up, or follow what's happening publicly with our company. I know no-one at my store who actually sits down to watch the shareholder's meetings like i have.(if that gives you any indication.)

Since: Jan 12

Walnut Creek, CA

#6 Jan 20, 2012
Natasha wrote:
Mgtsf- I for one appreciate your insure you shared on your last post for this thread. I for one think it's very important to have a plan in case our worst fears come true. It seems as though most employees are completely unaware of the severity of the situation. It is equally important to be proactive in this situation. I for one am trying to not draw attention to myself for knowing or being aware of corporates possible solution at work. This is so hard to do when my extincts are wanting me to yell it from the roof tops how wrong this is and to warn people to save themselves. Does this topic upset or stress you out like it does me? Are others discussing this at the stores the work in or is it a no-no?
Oh and yes, its does take alot of time in my thoughts. I've prepared in the following ways.

#1 took a look around and located potential places I could be hired at.(I already have one job lined up if this happens)

#2 Updated my resume

#3 Got "unemployment insurance" on the credit cards I still owe on

#4 am making sure that I don't make any large purchases until this blows over/laid off.

#5 Saving a month's worth of wages to ration myself on should the worst happen.

#6 Stocking up on staple food (during sales) like oatmeal, rice, tuna, toilet paper ETC (so I will have a small stockpile while I hunt for other employment.)

I find the stress is barely there when I "prepare".
But you are very right. For those of us in the know, we need to be proactive and ready to pull the trigger on finding employment ASAWK (AS SOON AS WE KNOW).

There is a reason why we only get a couple hundred hits on these message boards....if everyone knew, we would be getting THOUSANDS.

Keep your head up...we will do fine.
MGTGA

Lawrenceville, GA

#7 Jan 20, 2012
"Force reductions will be voluntary and involuntary"....includes firings. I believe LP will be used specifically to help in force reductions.
gnn

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#8 Jan 20, 2012
MGTGA wrote:
"Force reductions will be voluntary and involuntary"....includes firings. I believe LP will be used specifically to help in force reductions.
I agree we just did some ppls about wages and company policy.
pop

East Northport, NY

#9 Jan 20, 2012
lp used in forced reductions? for what added muscle haha ours is o out of shape it isnt funny.
fire all district staffs and consoldiate who needs seven district in on small state come on
SM

Fort Lupton, CO

#10 Jan 20, 2012
LP does fire or lay off anyone. They do not have that authority.
pop

East Northport, NY

#11 Jan 20, 2012
if they have no authroity why are they here seem to do alot of nothing
Billysh

United States

#12 Jan 20, 2012
pop wrote:
if they have no authroity why are they here seem to do alot of nothing
they serve the DM. LP gives their findings to the DM (or store manager) and then it's up to the DM (or store manager) on what specific action to take.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#13 Jan 20, 2012
if anything, i would assume LP would be there as a witness that wasn't from a store.
SM

Fort Lupton, CO

#14 Jan 20, 2012
pop wrote:
if they have no authroity why are they here seem to do alot of nothing
Maybe your LP does a lot of nothing, but they are supposed to help investigate losses at your store from several different things. Mine is very helpful. Why is anyone saying who should be laid off? Everyone is a human being that probably has a family to support. The company wastes more money on stupid programs and stores and sushi bars that waste our time and resources. How about we focus our energy on stopping that instead of targeting who we think should be fired?
pop

East Northport, NY

#15 Jan 20, 2012
another middle person why are they not being eliminated then if they serve the dm, mybe the dm needs to be out more and cut all the excess fat
examn

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 20, 2012
Did they take Mark's blog down? I can no longer access it from home.
Geraldo

Houston, TX

#17 Jan 20, 2012
examn wrote:
Did they take Mark's blog down? I can no longer access it from home.
It says "bad gateway". My guess is that it's just down temporarily.
Geraldo

Houston, TX

#18 Jan 21, 2012
examn wrote:
Did they take Mark's blog down? I can no longer access it from home.
It's up and running. On Friday/Saturday, a large part of storenet goes down for about 2 hrs.
Common sense

Owings Mills, MD

#19 Jan 21, 2012
Don't let them know and block access.
MAW

United States

#20 Jan 29, 2012
Be proactive in this situation. I was tired of the run around I was getting as a MGT so I started looking for a new job. I didn't realize how unhappy I was until I got out. Don't let yourself become complacent about looking for something else because they are not going to keep you around just because you don't have another job. Go out and get your life back.

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