How many girls are Backroom TMs in your store?
When I was hired, it was just me and my TL. Then we brought on 2 more over the last few months.... the TL doesn't want any more. Is it really such a male dominated position everywhere?
I'm probably going to offend somebody in saying this, but...
It won't be the first time I've offended someone...
I'm all for equal opportunity and as I said before, I worked with a girl on day stock who could have worked circles around anyone on the night stock crew.
But, that said and this would include the girl who was great at putting up stock.
When it came to unloading a truck, pulling out a heavy cart, climbing a ladder, climbing up on an overhead rack to get backstock down, etc.
No, I don't have to do that.
That's what the guys are here for.
I am a middle age woman. I have been with Target close to 10 years. The TM's they hire, first are usually about half my age, most are deathly afraid of heights. I can do and usually do, almost anything in the store, and it is so sad, to watch the tm's and tl's, that will climb up the first two steps of a ladder, if they cannot reach it, they look at me, and say can you please. I have finally started walking out, or just saying no. You need to learn. If you cannot perform the core roles for "YOUR" job, then guess what. YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE THAT JOB! I stand on the rungs on the wave and pretty much dangle from it sometimes getting stuff down or up. I don't have any problem standing on the top step of the ladder, I do it all the time. That is when the TL's need to step up and do their jobs. I used to jump up and say let me do it. We don't have the time for me to do your job anymore.
And what offends me as a female is guys who think all girls are like that. When I was at Target, there were male coworkers who would come running over to me if they saw me lifting something heavy. They said they didn't want me to hurt myself but unless it was an item that needed a team lift, I could lift it myself. I just wish guys would wait until I ask for the help. I was one girl who wasn't afraid of a little heavy lifting. Granted, I never threw the truck, but I did just about everything else.
There were even times when I had to lift furniture that was a team lift without help. Well, I didn't lift it. I picked up one end and dragged it on the floor and found a way to get it on the shelf.
I still get mad when I think back on the female ETL that told me I needed to hurry up and finish the project I'm in the middle of to make a bale because "You're the only guy here." I went off on her in the middle of the sales floor telling her how sexist of a comment that was, and wondered why her 4 person team of women who filled the baler couldn't do it.
Of course, I had already gotten with the 50+ year old woman in the backroom and we were already planning to make a bale together since I knew they were worthless, and if I didn't get it done I would just be screwing over the flow TL the next morning.
Sorry but those are no-nos. You should never stand on the top step of a ladder, and you should definitely not "dangle" from the wave. Way to drive safety in your store. Not.
I get what you’re saying, but at the same time, you should be grateful they were willing to help.
I dangle over the edge of the WAVe all the time. In signing it's practically a job requirement. And have you ever been in the backroom, trying to wrestling one of the freezer/fridges from the top of the bulk racking onto the shelf of the WAVe? There's some dangling and near-death involved. Everyone who uses the wave on a regular basis knows this.