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OldTart
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Big house-cleaning sweep:

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2012/10/06/officemax-store-strained-staff-turnover-not-closing

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Topic starter Posted : October 7, 2012 10:44 am
AandA2VI
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Yep.... TRUST ME that store will NOT close. No way, no how, 100% positive lol. I guess they had some issues and cleaned house and are now bringing in new folks..... like us 😉 hopefully my boyfriend can help! He is the BEST store manager here in AZ (I might be bias lol). He just runs smoothly, really rewards his team and does a great job. He is looking forward to the challenges if he gets a position. When we get on island, make sure you stop in and say hi! 🙂

I would plead to be patient with the staff currently left there, it's gotta be HORRIBLE to be so short staffed with such a light crew and the volume that they do. I feel for them!!

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Posted : October 7, 2012 6:26 pm
ms411
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They had a job fair not too long ago, and had more applicants than they could interview. PR runs that store and they don't realize how different the markets are. They recently rearranged the store so it's confusing for those of us who are frequent customers. The publishing area has always been their weakest link, IMO.

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Posted : October 8, 2012 12:30 pm
Alana33
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It's really not that unusal as have seen many, mostly stateside employees, bite the dust after a short period at OMax over the years.
Good Luck and hope your boyfriend is not one of those employed so short lived.

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Posted : October 8, 2012 1:02 pm
AandA2VI
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Thats really too bad MS411- Thats the department I run here in AZ and the best in our district YTD. Too bad I couldn't run that one too... but then again im kinda "over" OMAX at this point.

Yea Alana were aware of some of the challenges, if he gets it he is looking forward to those challenges and who knows, he may love it or hate it lol.

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Posted : October 8, 2012 6:54 pm
Surfer33
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Managing a big box store in these islands is a challenge in itself. The first problem I see is the color of your skin in that the majority of your subordinates will be local islanders. You see, the majority of the local labor pool in the islands see themselves as victims of life's circumstances and deserving of entitlements for life. They feel entitled to free health care, entitled to free food stamps and entitled to procreate as jah sees fit. If they had their druthers, they would make Obama President for life. To be a manager in these islands, you need an MBA in psychological warfare. To think anyone can come in here with a powder puff management style with rewards, doggie treats and pats on the back and seriously think this will motivate your crew to increase productivity and efficiency, think again. Your rewards and bonuses will be seen as monetarily deficient because they believe more should have been given, much more. Whatever is given will never be enough. You have to understand, they not only deserve the bonuses but you also need to acknowledge the fact that you are infinitely grateful to them for showing up for work on time. Don't ever make the mistake of barking out orders to them because now you are treating them like dawgs and that is racist. Don't make the mistake of being too judgmental when you write them up because now you're treating them as an indentured servant and as everyone on this island knows, them slave days over. Don't make the mistake of firing someone for minor infractions such as stealing, insubordination or tardiness especially if that person is six foot four and two hundred and eighty pounds. The upshot for doing so will be a couple of slashed tires and a broken windshield or two.
To be a successful White manager, you need an Iron Fist policy. Take no prisoners attitude. You need to be fair and firm but more importantly respectful to your crew. Once they acknowledge that you respect them they will reciprocate in kind.

Break a Leg.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 12:48 am
Alana33
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Maybe an attitude like yours is the reason people don't last.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 2:30 am
AandA2VI
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Holy moley! I would like some clarification:

You say that a team will basically be racist toward a white manager, but then if they are held accountable that they will assume the manager is being racist towards the associates? That doesn't make any sense... Maybe that's just the way it is? Sad if so, and defiantly a challenge to face.

Then you say not to bark orders or expect anything from them but then rule with an iron fist? Also if ruling with an iron fist will get you shot or your car vandalized, so which is it? Respect the team but don't hold them accountable to theft or not doing their job? How can you rule with an iron fist and not hold people accountable?

I guess I'm totally confused by the post, it seems very contradicting. Surfer have you worked for OMAX there? I would be interested to chat if so. My boyfriend has respect for everyone, he isn't into being an asshole. He works just as hard as his associates and wouldn't ask them to do something he wouldn't do himself. In his 12 years he has had the best associate surveys in regards to work environment and appreciating of your store manager. I HOPE if he gets a position that he can earn the teams respect and that they will appreciate him in time. I don't think he is looking to get in there and stir things up. He's smart, he will take it all in-the team will love him (I hope). We both think as leaders in big box that you can't be successful without first supporting your team. I'm hopeful, but also not sure what's actually realistic. Lots of challenges but were keeping our head up and doing what we always do, give our positive vibe to those around us. It's worked out thus far....

Ps. It kinda seems like you're making the associates out to be monsters. FWIW we went into the STX Omax several times, they were busy but helpful and polite. I even helped some of the ladies in the impress department with a customers file that they couldn't resize, they really appreciated it.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 2:56 am
gringojj
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Well if the staff at omax is anything like our govt they dont like people from the states coming down here and telling them what to do...even if its done nicely. Remember, they dont need any help running things here, everything is totally under control.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 3:07 am
gringojj
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By the way someone just popped off about 50 rounds from a semi auto about a block from my house. Call it a local matter. Everything is under control.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 3:09 am
vicanuck
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Its hard to imagine how people could screw up companies with great systems, like Office Max and McDonalds.

But here in the Virgin Islands, they manage to do it everyday.

No wonder so many use the internet to shop.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 11:46 am
aussie
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By the way someone just popped off about 50 rounds from a semi auto about a block from my house. Call it a local matter. Everything is under control.

I'd have estimated 30 to 40 rounds but close enough. Big gun. The police will not respond to that location.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 2:25 pm
blu4u
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By the way someone just popped off about 50 rounds from a semi auto about a block from my house. Call it a local matter. Everything is under control.

I'd have estimated 30 to 40 rounds but close enough. Big gun. The police will not respond to that location.

Just the normal Tuesday afternoon shoot out. Nothing to be concerned about....... WTF??!!!

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Posted : October 9, 2012 3:07 pm
OldTart
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By the way someone just popped off about 50 rounds from a semi auto about a block from my house. Call it a local matter. Everything is under control.

I'd have estimated 30 to 40 rounds but close enough. Big gun. The police will not respond to that location.

Just the normal Tuesday afternoon shoot out. Nothing to be concerned about....... WTF??!!!

Not that it has anything to with OMax but the poster did post after 11PM Monday, not a "Tuesday afternoon".

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2012 3:31 pm
aussie
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OT...predictable as clockwork.

Correct. Monday night. The frequent gun shots here are usually heard after nightfall. There's at least one fully automatic weapon at that location. When that kind of weaponry is discharged in a residential neighborhood, and the police do not respond to calls, does it really matter if it's a Monday night or Tuesday afternoon?

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Posted : October 9, 2012 3:47 pm
OldTart
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OT...predictable as clockwork.

Correct. Monday night. The frequent gun shots here are usually heard after nightfall. There's at least one fully automatic weapon at that location. When that kind of weaponry is discharged in a residential neighborhood, and the police do not respond to calls, does it really matter if it's a Monday night or Tuesday afternoon?

I think it's horrific at any time but forgive me for opining that a late Monday night is preferable to a Tuesday afternoon when obviously more people (including children) are up and about. And do you know for a fact that the police simply don't respond? I can tell you from first hand experience that at that time of night the police rarely respond with sirens blazing but do come out quietly. If you wanted to PM me I could even share my experiences and tell you how my neigbbors and I had some successes in getting these lowlifes put away.

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Topic starter Posted : October 9, 2012 4:33 pm
aussie
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And do you know for a fact that the police simply don't respond?

I've yet to see a police car drive through this neighborhood after reporting shots fired. So, yeah, I'm pretty sure.

Thanks for your offer to PM you. I may take you up on that 🙂

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Posted : October 9, 2012 4:52 pm
blu4u
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Actually, in my opinion....in a residential hood, afternoon gunfire is prefarable to evening gun fire. At least the kids would be "safe at school" and not the run the risk of catching a stray while asleep in thier own beds.

OMG.......I can't believe I am actually debating the pro's/con's of daytime automatic gunfire v. nighttime automatic gunfire....the idea of discharging automatic wepons in any neigbourhood at any time of day is horrific no matter how you slice it.

Now that dust has settled, Let's get back to pro and cons of working at OMAX.

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Posted : October 9, 2012 4:53 pm
Surfer33
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Holy moley! I would like some clarification:

Surfer have you worked for OMAX there?

Answer is No. My income requirements is in the six digits. Mickey mouse organizations like Office Max can't afford talent like mines. If you guys can't decipher when someone is being facetious and when they're serious, you have no business being in management. On a brighter note, I will permit you to use the information in my previous post to "wow" your district manager by showing them you have a full understanding of the local culture and have a plan B in place to deal with any hiccups while strategically molding a uniform team whose mission is one minded and forward moving. Having knowledge of how the local labor pool behaves and responds to outside forces is invaluable and essential to managing effectively. You're not in Kansas anymore, so to speak. When you do get the job because of my input, please don't forget to send the check. Consultation is never free.

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Posted : October 10, 2012 2:19 am
AandA2VI
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Sorry us low life's can't decipher inflection of posts. I'm so glad you know all about how things work at OMX, I mean, never having worked for the company, that's impressive. Don't expect a check, I think your attitude about it all actually stinks. That's all I'm gonna say because my mother taught me if you have nothing nice to say.....

Ps. I know several people who make 6 figures, at OMX.

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Posted : October 10, 2012 3:59 am
OldTart
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Sorry us low life's can't decipher inflection of posts. I'm so glad you know all about how things work at OMX, I mean, never having worked for the company, that's impressive. Don't expect a check, I think your attitude about it all actually stinks. That's all I'm gonna say because my mother taught me if you have nothing nice to say.....

Ps. I know several people who make 6 figures, at OMX.

You did actually miss the point. "If you guys can't decipher when someone is being facetious and when they're serious, you have no business being in management." I would only add "here" after "management". The poster makes some very relevant salient points in between the obvious facetiousness. All will be clear eventually but it takes a while and some never "get it"!

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Topic starter Posted : October 10, 2012 9:10 am
gringojj
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My wifes cousin has many times expressed frustration to me because he works in s supervisory role and when people dont show up, or leave early, come late, have to go to lunch, have to make a phone call, have to text back and forth with their gf/bf, or any other reason they cant do their job, he has to pick up the slack. I used to say why dont you fire the offenders? I guess the logic is that the replacement hire may be worse. He also said if he ever reprimands someone he is branded by his workers as a "company man". He is crucian by the way.

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Posted : October 10, 2012 11:07 am
speee1dy
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its not just that the replacement might be worse, it is also the department of labor that can sometimes tie your hands

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Posted : October 10, 2012 12:04 pm
gringojj
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Well I think its telling that according to the article it took members of corporate to come down and fire the people. If there were 13 people that were let go why couldnt they be fired at the store level? Things that make you go "hmmmmmm"

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Posted : October 10, 2012 12:14 pm
blu4u
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Sorry us low life's can't decipher inflection of posts. I'm so glad you know all about how things work at OMX, I mean, never having worked for the company, that's impressive. Don't expect a check, I think your attitude about it all actually stinks. That's all I'm gonna say because my mother taught me if you have nothing nice to say.....

Ps. I know several people who make 6 figures, at OMX.

A, I think some of the posters are siimply attempting to give your boyfriend (thru you) an idea of what your boyfriend may encounter at his new position. Of corse. the transfer is HIS DECISION and will effect HIS EMPLOYMENT and HIS CAREER, because as you stated before, you will not be working at OMAX in the VI. I can tell you are very excited about your upcoming move. And. are using your boyfrinds job as meens to fulfill your dream of living in the VI. But it's his choice weather or not to have a "back-up" career/employmen plan. Personally I have a made three major moves in my life. First for my late husband's career, then for mine. Let me tell you, HE needs a solid contract with some solid gareentees. A good plan B. If it's his career the job choice needs to be 100& his. This is the same advice I would give my own daughter if she were in your shoes. Good Luck.

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