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Since: Feb 12

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#1 Feb 24, 2012
So I noticed that the schedule which is normally put out at least 2 weeks ahead, was JUST posted on Thursday for next week..my hours were cut by 5 hours..with me coming in at 9a.m rather than 8..and a new girl who was in the front was completely let go..apparently transferred...this is fishy...Im in cosmetics, btw..aren't we in a freeze??? what is the deal? the new girl was doing well, even heard she was coming over to help in my dept, she told me she was told budget cuts??? wondering....
Nancy

Victorville, CA

#2 Feb 24, 2012
It's starting.....

Since: Feb 12

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#3 Feb 24, 2012
so I see, but from what I read it was supposedly upper mgt that was in trouble...
New STL

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Feb 24, 2012
looking4more wrote:
So I noticed that the schedule which is normally put out at least 2 weeks ahead, was JUST posted on Thursday for next week..my hours were cut by 5 hours..with me coming in at 9a.m rather than 8..and a new girl who was in the front was completely let go..apparently transferred...this is fishy...Im in cosmetics, btw..aren't we in a freeze??? what is the deal? the new girl was doing well, even heard she was coming over to help in my dept, she told me she was told budget cuts??? wondering....
Ouch, this scares me. My current store is not even two months old, but I really love the staff here and have grown attached to them. We only have four completely new people to the company and one rehire from another store, the rest were all transfers from around the district. I feel bad for these new people if something happens to them, because look at the economy alone and how they must have felt finally finding a job with what seemed like a promising company. The only person I can think of in that store that we could stand to lose, we probably won't right now because they are full time and have been with the company for years. I bet all of the useless people from my old stores and around the district will not become victims of "budget cuts" anytime soon. I don't want my crew to be broken up, especially so soon :(
NotintheWagKnow

Spring, TX

#5 Feb 24, 2012
New STL wrote:
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Ouch, this scares me. My current store is not even two months old, but I really love the staff here and have grown attached to them. We only have four completely new people to the company and one rehire from another store, the rest were all transfers from around the district. I feel bad for these new people if something happens to them, because look at the economy alone and how they must have felt finally finding a job with what seemed like a promising company. The only person I can think of in that store that we could stand to lose, we probably won't right now because they are full time and have been with the company for years. I bet all of the useless people from my old stores and around the district will not become victims of "budget cuts" anytime soon. I don't want my crew to be broken up, especially so soon :(
I feel ya on the losing who we shouldn't, I think there is alot of dead weight that has stood around long enough that needs to be let go...I fear for myself and one new person that rides 2 buses to get to work and has 4 kids to take care of, and it's a HE...imagine that, he is also very young...I pray that he doesn't get cut...there are those that can handle it, and those of us who cant...that's just FACT...the ones that have been with WAG for many years and are close to needing to retire, I don't feel that bad for..they have their retirement, they have spouses..they have SS...it is those of us that are new with nothing to fall back on that are in trouble...Im divorced and this is all I have..Im a hard worker, I too ride the bus to work...and pull my weight..no family at all and Im around 40..never expected to work at WAG...not prepared to lose my job..but back to the point..I understand about breaking up a good team..I like many coworkers...my EXA and STL are my closest work relationships..even though we dont fraternize outside work, I care a great deal for them..and 1 kid in photo I like alot and he is also a hard worker and has it rough... I have a good support system in them...I pray for us all.

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#6 Feb 24, 2012
looking4more wrote:
So I noticed that the schedule which is normally put out at least 2 weeks ahead, was JUST posted on Thursday for next week..my hours were cut by 5 hours..with me coming in at 9a.m rather than 8..and a new girl who was in the front was completely let go..apparently transferred...this is fishy...Im in cosmetics, btw..aren't we in a freeze??? what is the deal? the new girl was doing well, even heard she was coming over to help in my dept, she told me she was told budget cuts??? wondering....
Its called unemployment, go file for it. If you were hired at 40 hours a week they owe you the difference.

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#7 Feb 25, 2012
bama_nomics wrote:
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Its called unemployment, go file for it. If you were hired at 40 hours a week they owe you the difference.
I have always gotten 37 to 39 hours, only 40 exactly during Christmas...soooo Im not at the point of UE...but if they cut me to less than 30 which takes my insurance then I guess I will but for now I think Im ok
wagnbone

San Jose, CA

#8 Feb 25, 2012
your budget has been cut just like 90% of every other walgreens. your manager is using the flexible workforce method to get to budget. ie, he is reducing people by 2-3 hours each in order to get to budget. he can do this without consulting. the only time he would need to explain himself to anyone is if he takes someone below full time (30 hours). in this case he would need to have a voluntary reduction for signed. if you refuse to sing then you would just be let go because you can't fit the needs of the store.

Since: Feb 12

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#9 Feb 25, 2012
wagnbone wrote:
your budget has been cut just like 90% of every other walgreens. your manager is using the flexible workforce method to get to budget. ie, he is reducing people by 2-3 hours each in order to get to budget. he can do this without consulting. the only time he would need to explain himself to anyone is if he takes someone below full time (30 hours). in this case he would need to have a voluntary reduction for signed. if you refuse to sing then you would just be let go because you can't fit the needs of the store.
mmmhhmmm..ok sounds legit...Im not questioning anything...for now...thanks for info...hopefully the dead weight I speak of will get more disgruntled and quit.
WhatsThePoint

United States

#10 Feb 25, 2012
So someone explain this. Let's say average employee makes $10 and they cut 50 hours

That's only $500 a week and $2000 a month. Assuming these people aren't having and changes in bennifits.

Does $2000 a month really help a store turn around if it's losing money? Don't think so.

Does 50 hours a week help with customer service and keeping a clean and fully stocked store. Yes. Especially if ur budget was only 450-500 to start
WhatsThePoint

United States

#11 Feb 25, 2012
Just like a pharmacy losing 15-30 tech hours. The actually money and dollar value saved is pathetic compared to the lose of productivity and customer satisfaction
rphcarsalesman

San Jose, CA

#12 Feb 25, 2012
DM yelling 24/7 for rphs to sell zostavax, flu shot = use car salesman

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#13 Feb 26, 2012
so its sill hush hush, but apparently there is store meeting this week, mandatory...was told be prepared to be unhappy..EVERYONE...but not sure how unhappy everyone will be, doubt equally...wonder what to expect, as I said before 5 hours lost already...also told that apparently a recent PPL that I buzzed through said my hours could take me from full to part time...and I signed it so they can do that...Im feeling like Im about to be F'ed!

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#14 Feb 26, 2012
AND at our store Pharm lost LESS hours than FRONT END??? So not everything I have read is proving true, at my store...so currently we have 2 (front) night clerks, both PT, and 2 day clerks, one PT one I think prob full, one head photo FT, and 2 evening photo PT, 2 BA's, one PT one SBA FT and one (lazy)BA who comes in at about 32, right over PT. 2 STOCKERS...FT, 1 STL 2MGT EXA and SM...besides Pharm ppl...so with that Im wondering what will happen, one of the stockers is a close fam member of a mgr of another store, so Im sure he will be ok :) any ideas from any mgt members?

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#15 Feb 26, 2012
WhatsThePoint wrote:
So someone explain this. Let's say average employee makes $10 and they cut 50 hours
That's only $500 a week and $2000 a month. Assuming these people aren't having and changes in bennifits.
Does $2000 a month really help a store turn around if it's losing money? Don't think so.
Does 50 hours a week help with customer service and keeping a clean and fully stocked store. Yes. Especially if ur budget was only 450-500 to start
$2000/month x 12 months x 8000 Stores=$192,000,000 Saved.

The budget cuts aren't meant to help individual stores save money. These types of cuts are for the corporate accounting so they can show a near $200 Million dollar boost in gross profit at the end of the year. They did the same thing last year and then boasted to stock holders about having "record gross profit." It happens in nearly every company traded on the stock market.

Frankly, even with the budget cuts over the last few years, stores realistically are operating quite well. What they are doing is cutting dead weight on the sales floor. You can walk through nearly every store and find employees standing around doing absolutely nothing. Go into a store while the manager is counting down registers, and you will see four employees standing around talking instead of facing, filling, and in a lot of cases ignoring customers.

Add to this the number of managers that think they can do the minimum and keep their jobs, and you can plainly understand why Walgreens is making these changes. As much as I personally don't like the cuts, I cannot argue with them. For the most part, my work load will not change, because I already spend half my shift picking up the slack of employees that think this is a social event rather than a job. My only hope is that the company recognizes this when they work out the pay scales, and make it worth my while.

And before I get the trolls responding with the "managers should correct these types of employees" comments, I just want to make one solid point. I can threaten, write up, and suspend these employees to no end. But with a hiring freeze in full effect, I cannot bring in someone new and give hours away. This was an effective tool over the years, as I could point to the guy doing the work and say "he's getting hours because he does the work you refuse to do." The most effective tool in employee discipline is to take money out of their pockets, and right now, I'm handcuffed because I cannot hire replacements.
Bonus hunter

United States

#16 Feb 26, 2012
Cutting hours is not a disciplinary tool. Retaliation can occur. Be careful my friend.
kkk

Tampa, FL

#17 Feb 26, 2012
i am one of the mgts that just basically got cut. what a load of crap. cutting the heart and soul out of a business is not going to do any good. i give 200% when i am at work. i do everyone elses work plus my own. never a sick day or even a late day. walgreens is dying a quick death in my opinion. cutting hours equals cutting customer service quality.
WaGEXA

Eugene, OR

#18 Feb 26, 2012
Mr-Bubbles, Bonus Hunter was spot on in saying that cutting hours cannot be used as a disciplinary tool. I would STRONGLY discourage against using it, and even MORE STRONGLY discourage against telling employees that you are doing it. It won't matter how hard you bust your butt if you get caught doing something like this by Employee Relations...
ovnmgt

Monticello, FL

#19 Feb 26, 2012
Mr-Bubbles wrote:
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$2000/month x 12 months x 8000 Stores=$192,000,000 Saved.
The budget cuts aren't meant to help individual stores save money. These types of cuts are for the corporate accounting so they can show a near $200 Million dollar boost in gross profit at the end of the year. They did the same thing last year and then boasted to stock holders about having "record gross profit." It happens in nearly every company traded on the stock market.
Frankly, even with the budget cuts over the last few years, stores realistically are operating quite well. What they are doing is cutting dead weight on the sales floor. You can walk through nearly every store and find employees standing around doing absolutely nothing. Go into a store while the manager is counting down registers, and you will see four employees standing around talking instead of facing, filling, and in a lot of cases ignoring customers.
Add to this the number of managers that think they can do the minimum and keep their jobs, and you can plainly understand why Walgreens is making these changes. As much as I personally don't like the cuts, I cannot argue with them. For the most part, my work load will not change, because I already spend half my shift picking up the slack of employees that think this is a social event rather than a job. My only hope is that the company recognizes this when they work out the pay scales, and make it worth my while.
And before I get the trolls responding with the "managers should correct these types of employees" comments, I just want to make one solid point. I can threaten, write up, and suspend these employees to no end. But with a hiring freeze in full effect, I cannot bring in someone new and give hours away. This was an effective tool over the years, as I could point to the guy doing the work and say "he's getting hours because he does the work you refuse to do." The most effective tool in employee discipline is to take money out of their pockets, and right now, I'm handcuffed because I cannot hire replacements.


I call shenanigans, get out of here corporate spy

Since: Feb 12

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#20 Feb 27, 2012
Nearly every manager I have ever had uses decreasing an employees hours as a tool to motivate employees. Now, as a disclaimer, and maybe it doesn't make a lick of difference, but at no time has any hours been guaranteed to anyone hired in. For instance, when I do interviews, I tell the person there are no guaranteed hours. They are told they are being brought in to cover one shift per week to start, and additional shifts can be earned based on performance and availability.

Employees are then scheduled based on these terms. I am not sure state by state if the laws are the same, but this is how lackluster employees are handled in each of the half dozen or so stores I've worked in. Also, generally speaking, I see this tactic used more for employees who call off or have attendance issues. I remember one employee who would give away several shifts per week, so eventually the SM just stopped scheduling her more than a day per week.

Also, and I am in no way disregarding the claims that ER would have a problem with cutting hours; but what is the difference between sending home an employee for disciplinary reasons or suspending them for repeated issues and simply reducing the number of scheduled shifts? It seems they would be one in the same? It's not like employee A misses putting up his returns and his hours get cut. It's more like employee B goes home on a regular basis with half his list untouched, gets talked to about it, but is constantly not finishing work but always getting caught hanging out while on the clock. Eventually we just pull them aside and say hey, we put you on this shift to get this work done, and if you aren't going to motivate yourself to do it, then we will take you off the shift.

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