At my store, the GSTL does participate. I think it varies from store to store. In mine, we have a task list to follow on top of whatever else we're told to do. Any time there's a visit, it always happens to fall on my shift, so I get an e-mail from the closing ETL/STL from the previous night, as to what I should focus on first. Basically, you take over for the LOD that day.
can i just say i hate being the TLOD as a GSTL? It's not that i mind the extra work but i feel like i do a terrible job at it. Since i work at a high volume store i pretty much can't leave the front end ever. So it's incredibly hard to walk the store, check on pulls, do the PCV, and anything else that needs to be done. Luckily we have a a ton of TL's in our store so I usually only do it on my closing night and the HLTL helps me with pulls and such.
TLOD = Does zone assignments, leads huddle, covers breaks on the floor, helps to organize backstock, leftover flow push, instocks priority pulls, etc.
GSTL as TLOD = Yells on the walkie every 5 minutes about asking CIHYFS, taking breaks, talking to people about redcards, and reminding people to bring other area reshop to GS
GSTL as TLOD is stupid, unless you have a GSA there to manage the front end.
After reading this thread and the one mentioned above, when I'm TLOD I also have my own zone. It's a great set up. I have the responsibilities of being a leader (checklists, LOD calls, running the zone) while having my own zone and abandon I'm responsible for.
I've concluded that Target stores only follow best practices that they feel like following, and conveniently ignore the rest.... Yet if you **** up, they always bring up such and such "best practice".... Such a joke.