i would like to preface this with stating that i am grateful for the fact that i have a job during this time that has brought job insecurity to millions. normally i have no complaints about the company for which i work. it has historically had a great track record for caring for its employees and offering impressive benefits for its part-time workers.
its response during this crisis has fallen disgracefully short of its legacy. money aside, my company has lagged behind other grocery stores in installing plexiglass shields at registers (something they only did after one of our workers died), making masks available to employees, and offering us no bonuses. not to mention nearly every safety protocol that has been introduced in our stores has been for the customer's protection, NOT the employees'.
now onto money. i am an assistant manager at a grocery store, i always show up to my shifts in a good mood and get along with everybody. of course the occasional rude customer drifts through but that was once far and in between. now, it seems to be the norm and i find myself being bullied on the daily. i have recently been assigned the role of watching the door to keep count of customers and to enforce our governor's mandate on wearing masks in public establishments where social distancing is not possible. most people are compliant and friendly, but the rude people have become significantly ruder. even in the absence of this abusive treatment, my coworkers and i risk our health and the health of our families for our minimum wage paychecks. i wrote a petition and got many of my coworkers to sign to the CEO of the company asking him to temporarily raise our hourly wages. no response. i hold nothing against the rude, belligerent, and demeaning rude customers because yes, as a manager it is my job to have patience for these kinds of people. but i am beginning to resent the CEO for his slow and frankly inadequate responses to the crisis. i find myself disgusted that he is perfectly fine sitting in his office with 0 exposure to the virus while the people who make him his millions risk their health, and many have gotten sick and a few have died. i don't know how anyone can be fine with themselves knowing that.
i just wanted to share this frustration and open the conversation to others going through this as well.