Looking at the replies on this post and trying to wrap my head around those trying to justify this manager’s decision , we really have some dumb managers working for this company. Pretty simple stuff here, but let me break it down for the learning impaired.
A communication comes down from the divisions months ago that the weekend before Christmas THROUGH 12/24 is mandatory for STORE managers to work.
YOU decide this is unnecessary and decide to follow your own agenda despite the directive given. You also decide not to discuss it with your DL before hand and are now feeling butt hurt that he has called you out.
You state that Sunday is not as busy as Christmas and Christmas Eve. It maybe be true (for you) but you do not get to make that decision on your own. In reality, the stretch of 12/21-12/24 (the mandatory days) Collectively are the busiest days in retail and why we are expected to work. It has nothing to do with things packing out. It has to do with being a present leader (and following instructions).
You come to the rescue of your management team so they don’t have to work Christmas Day out of the goodness of your heart, even though they have the ability to earn double time while you as a salary employee would receive no additional compensation.
You fail to sell your managers on earning extra cash and working together to maybe split the day into smaller shifts to make it fair. Instead, you become the martyr and take one for the team without discussion with your BOSS first.
Then you come here to complain that that the bad man has hurt you and you rally a bunch of like minded bird brains. They say dumb things like corporate is closed on Christmas, why aren’t the stores. You know who else is closed? Town hall. And who goes to work? Police, Fire and EMS. That’s life. You signed up for it. You could leave if you don’t like it. Otherwise stop whining.