The woman moved to a new location for her retail job and was treated unfairly by the new manager. She decided to no longer put in extra effort, and just do the bare minimum but her manager and co-workers confronted her – is she in the wrong?
The Woman Works in Retail
She explained, “I’ve been working at a small retail business for about 3 years. Owner is great, I hear from her often, pays me well and is just generally really good to me.”
She Used to Be a Manager
The store has two locations which are four hours apart. She was the manager at one location. She added, “I absolutely loved my job. Me and my employees were all friends outside of work, the owner was very happy with how I did my job, and I was always excited to come into work.”
She Kept the Same Salary
When she moved for college, the owner transferred her to the other location as a regular employee but let her keep her manager’s pay.
The Woman Was Ostracized
She quickly realized that the new location was not the same, she felt ostracized but didn’t mind too much. She clarified, “The girls there were nice at first, and for the most part are still amicable towards me. However, overtime it became obvious that they don’t like me.”
Her New Manager is Problematic
The manager at her new location is a lot older than the other employees, in her mid 60s. The woman explained, “She has a lot of older ideas, and often uses her age as an excuse as to why she needs more days off than everyone else. She only works 20 hours a week.”
It Started off Badly
From the very first day at the store, the manager condescendingly told her that she needed to keep up and bragged about previously working at a big corporation. The woman also added, “She is constantly texting me when I am not at work. Like, daily, asking me to come in early or stay late, changing the schedule around literally the night before my shift.”
She Was Singled Out
The manager also refused to approve her days off but happily approved the other employees’. She added, “A few months back, she gave me some days off, then revoked them mid-vacation and expected me to drop everything and come back.”
Now She Does the Bare Minimum
The woman explained, “Since then, I have been doing the bare minimum. I am no longer coming in on any days that she asks when I am not on the schedule. if she changes the schedule the night before, I tell her it won’t work for me. I do not stay late for any reason, and I no longer do work outside of my job description.”
Criticized By Co-workers
Her manager and co-workers have told her that she doesn’t sacrifice enough for the job and that she isn’t ‘giving it her all’ anymore. She believes that it’s just a retail job but wonders if she should quit instead of doing the bare minimum.
Is She in the Wrong?
Is she wrong to just do the bare minimum of the job description? Should she handle the situation differently?
She Turned to the Internet for Advice
One user commented, “You should contact HR or the owner and describe everything you mentioned here about your new manager. She has created what can be considered a hostile working environment for you. At the same time brush off your resume and look for a better position.”
Another Person Gave Their Perspective
“I imagine the manager feels very threatened by you. You already make the same salary. You work more hours. You’re of the same generation as the other employees. She’s keeping you isolated and ostracized so that you won’t take her job.”
Another User Gave Advice
“You are paid for a specific amount of time to do a very specific job. What is this “sacrifice” nonsense? Sounds like a way to justify wage theft. And for a retail job of all things. That being said I think you should quit, because your manager sounds absolutely horrible and I doubt it will ever get better.”
Someone Else Commented
“When you’re not on the clock, you don’t owe them anything. This is a side job, not meant to be your lifelong career. Unless they plan on giving you a huge raise, they get what they pay for.”
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