Thread regarding Follett layoffs

This is how low this company will stoop

Now that we are utterly understaffed after the deluge of layoffs we've been having, did you notice that managers are using shaming and gaslighting to get us to finish all the work despite it not being physically possible? We are expected to do the work of three or four people in the same time we use to do one job and they do their best to make us feel incompetent if we fail? As if it's our fault?

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It seems to be more than just a guess. They may not do all the stores at once, but it looks like it has already started in at least one store in Quincy, IL. If you look at the company website, it does not list the SM job as a salaried job, which could just be a mistake on Follett's part (it wouldn't be the first time) or they are being hired for an hourly position. I had also heard from one of my coworkers that there was a minimum for salaried workers, which was around $685 a week, which comes out to about $35000 a year. However, the yearly salary for the Quincy job was $30,000(about $14.50 an hour).

Also, this has nothing to do with the rest of the post, but when I was looking at the store a couple of weeks ago, I saw that there were no employees listed at the store, and both the regional manager and GVP were on vacation. Who was/is running the store?

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It seems to be more than just a guess. They may not do all the stores at once, but it looks like it has already started in at least one store in Quincy, IL. If you look at the company website, it does not list the SM job as a salaried job, which could just be a mistake on Follett's part (it wouldn't be the first time) or they are being hired for an hourly position. I had also heard from one of my coworkers that there was a minimum for salaried workers, which was around $685 a week, which comes out to about $35000 a year. However, the yearly salary for the Quincy job was $30,000(about $14.50 an hour).

Also, this has nothing to do with the rest of the post, but when I was looking at the store a couple of weeks ago, I saw that there were no employees listed at the store, and both the regional manager and GVP were on vacation. Who was/is running the store?

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Post ID: @3scv+1ccimgEB

It's a guess. People have been speculating about this for months/years, though. I think if they were going to do it, it would have been during the COVID shutdown, not as stores are now reopening.

At the end of the day, though, Follett is a business and they're out to make more money. If they can do that by cutting payroll and eliminating positions, they will. This is life in Corporate America. It's not just a Follett thing. People need to understand this.

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Post ID: @2tzd+1ccimgEB

Previous poster- facts or guess? Really want to know if this is a real thing.

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Post ID: @1sbo+1ccimgEB

That fishy smell? Its on point. They are actually planning ahead on something! It just happens to be screwing their current workforce. #1-Hire on a bunch of ASMS #2-ASMs will be getting on the job training from quality SMs.#3- roll out new hourly pay structure for SMs. #4- SMs exit the company in slide the ASMs to take over open SM positions.

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Post ID: @1hlf+1ccimgEB

The person that keeps posting supportive comments about the company being strong and “You can leave at any time” has to sit on the 9th floor or they’re family.

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Post ID: @1yej+1ccimgEB

My guess is something might happen to the hours of salaried SM’s later this year or next. We’re already spread paper-thin at our store. The RM is appreciative and we’ve been here long enough to know the vapid speeches of the HO brain trust. To the first poster who said this company is strong? Tell us that again when they go into bankruptcy

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Post ID: @ydx+1ccimgEB

Probably gonna be the new norm at bigger stores. Smaller stores are used to having no help but I must say, strangely enough, I’ve had more help since Covid. Literally not a peep out of my RM about hours. I like my RM but I suspect higher ups want ASMs in place and trained in the eventuality that changes need to be made to SM roles. Am I wrong maybe? It just does not make sense. Before Covid, barely any hours to use. After Covid, “You need an ASM”! What!? Makes no sense, I smell something terribly fishy.

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Post ID: @szh+1ccimgEB

Must we keep reminding you????

This company is strong and will be around for many generations to come.

You can leave at any time.

Do you not understand?
You can leave at any time.

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