Does it seem to you that if you ever had a good store manager, that he/she left very quickly and that in their place, as a rule, came a worse SM who stayed much longer. I worked in 2 stores and the same thing happened in both of them, when a good store manager finally came, he left very, very soon afterwards... and then we had an incomparably worse SM for a long time.
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Happened a few times in my area because if a good SM comes to a store they’re usually either taking that store as their first SM role or stepping up to a higher volume store. In both cases the end goal is either getting further promotions or eventually getting to specific store. Or one closer to where they were originally from. Honestly and luckily I haven’t had a bad SM. The most recent isn’t as knowledgeable due to being external hire from the hotel industry. You can tell hes frustrated and regrets the decision to come to Lowe’s but he’s good with his people... hospitality and all lol
the company wants sm’s that will be loyal to the corporation first, relocatable, will execute the corporate programs, and produce numbers that exceed budgets, all without endangering the company or putting it at risk with stupid stuff like se---l harrassment, bad LP stops, etc. Unfortunately, usually the ones that fit that criteria the best are the ones that have ice water in their veins, manage through fear/intimidation, and that believe in just documenting and firing people instead of mentoring, coaching, and developing them. The managers that really care about their employees are a dying breed and few and far between. If you are choosing to make retail a career, you are wise to accept the fact that most of the SM’s that you will work for will fall into the first category.
Its the lowes way to have dheads in charge to make life miserable, just look at the people in corporate.