It was my first week at my new job and I literally worked 6 straight days. I worked four 5hr shifts, a 7.5hr shift, and an 8.5 hour shift. Within these 6 days I had to familiarize myself with manually ringing up customers, steaming garments, and opening and closing by myself on the fly. I’ve mainly been opening but on Sunday and Monday, I had to open AND close the store alone. Normally, this wouldn’t happen but the manager who was supposed to work with me on those two days has been really sick. Can you imagine getting the store keys along with the alarm code on your 4th day on the job??
My first day opening alone was on Sunday. Another coworker came to open doors and turn off the alarm and would later come to help me close the stor. She ended up giving me a set of the store keys just in case I really was going to be alone at the store the next day. I was perfectly fine about running the store alone but obviously there were things that I still needed training on. Oh, and taking breaks was interesting!
Throughout the day I steamed new garments, folded shirts, requested an item transfer, and attempted a bunch of other stuff. It’s really hard to do a bunch of tasks alone. If I needed to use the bathroom, I had to lock the doors and put up the “Be back in 5” signs on the doors and then run to the back. When it came to getting lunch, I called in my order then when it was ready, again I put up the “Be back in 5” signs, locked up the store, ran across the street and got my food, ran back to the store and re-opened, then ate my lunch behind the counter. When you work for a small local company, you gotta do what you gotta do. Thankfully, it wasn’t too busy and people didn’t seem to mind that I was eating.
That first day of working alone went well. On Monday, I was completely alone. There was no one to help me open and close the store. I finished steaming all of the leftover garments, did an exchange, folded shirts, made sales, and again put up “Be back in 5” when I needed to. It definitely was a learning experience but I feel WAAAAAAAY more comfortable working alone now. It took me a while to close up shop because I wanted to make sure the register was PERFECT. I was only off by $0.25 which is really good. I definitely wouldn’t mind working 2-3 full days a week and 5 hour shifts for the rest of the week. It pays more than my last job and I get the hours I want. At the moment, I’m really enjoying my new job.
These past 6 days have been interesting to say the least. I’ve learned a lot on the fly and quickly familiarized myself with manually writing receipts and using an actual time stamp to clock in and out of work. Our register is from the 90’s and doesn’t work, we don’t have an actual inventory list, our music player and computer are DEFINITELY from the 90’s. I feel like I’ve gone back in time from the lack of new technology in store. I’m hoping we get a new register system ASAP. I can’t stand not using an updated system in a retail store.
If you know of a good register system (iPad friendly), PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!!
It is now Wednesday so that means I get today and tomorrow off. I’m going to enjoy these 2 days off before going back to work on Friday. Have you worked in retail? Do you have any crazy experiences or stories? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading and have a great day or night where ever you are!