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I work overnights as a stocker, and recently transferred to a different store.† The new store that I'm at has staggered schedules (some of us will come in as early as 9pm, then the rest of us will come in at 10pm, 1030pm, 11pm, or 1130pm), but my old store we all came in at the same time (10pm).† It drives me crazy how we all come in at different times.† My day time head say the reason for it is because this is how she was trained to make the schedule.† I asked my asst. manager why it's like this and he said it's because they're trying to reduce overtime.† Then I said, well, that doesn't make any sense since we're all to stay until truck is done anyway.† He made up some other reason by saying how if we all showed up at the same time then we'd be less productive.† I don't believe what he's saying is true.† Seriously, all of the 9am - 5pm workers must be slacking a lot then.† Not really though.† Anyway, what's the point of staggered schedules?



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Well, it does make a little sense when it comes to keeping OT down, depending on what your store and new crew are used to. There is really only a need of 2 or 3 people there while the truck is being taken off the trailor and set up properly, and working backstock or perhaps filling water, and setting that up, depending on if your crew does that before the truck or not.
Then everyone can spot it or go straight to working aisles.
From there, the people who came in sooner can leave while the remaining people are more involved with stocking displays, clean up, and conditioning.

Think of it as its own first and second shift within a single shift.

Also, for every hour the shift differinciates, thats an extra hour given to the night crew in the eyes of a lot of people. A lot of crews work more casually and slowly the more people that are there, and in extension, the beginning of the shift and the end of the shifts are the most important time. Splitting people up like that could give certain types of people a larger sense of responsibility, which could help them work with more urgency. So that one less hour, or half hour, as someone coming in later could be made up, double, just by having them seperated and motivated. Does that make sense? I dunno. 15 minutes less at the beginning of the shift might not be as missed as 15 minutes at the end, of someone running through the aisles and picking up cardboard in the eyes of management.

One of the biggest jobs for a night crew is to communicate with the closers AND the openers. Perhaps that has something to do with it too. Also delivery schedules and pulling trucks.

That all being said, I have never seen so many start times for a single night crew. Ive seen at most 3 start times, so Im not sure why. Do you have a lot of people who have been there a long time? Im assuming its a combination of a lot of picky people, an unwillingness to adapt, a lack of trust towards the night crew for the whole process to be shifted back, and instead mire trust towards very specific people, and an easy path.

I personally have my night crew in all at once. It helps my crew in the end to have the good guys with the slow guys. None of them really know their jobs well enough to be trusted without the others, beginning or end of shift haha.
Also, it helps my crew feel more like a single unit with a single job, as opposed to a bunch of people fighting over their rights to having their own aisle and somehow they are all trying to claim the paper aisle evey day...

But I digress. Hopefully that answers your question. It depends on the individuals within your specific team and how they react best to different work styles, in combination with your leadership and their willingness to adapt to changing crews and changing times. I wouldnt take it personally, though. Try not to make assumptions about why they are giving you a specific start time. The last thing a night stocker needs is drama. Nothing but 8 hours of stocking can let little ideas become monsters.



-- Edited by GreyKnitHat on Tuesday 10th of April 2018 10:41:49 AM

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I hate staggered schedules. Mainly because I like going out to lunch with my co-workers.



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It's good to have a person there earlier.

Unless we have inventory or a big reset or something, we don't get anyone in before midnight.† Day grocery usually goes home fairly early in the evening, so the front end often has to pull the load in.† We've had a least several front end managers sustain injuries trying to pull in the load by themself.† One of them even needed surgery.† Another one of them even made the truck driver sit there until midnight, although I think she got in trouble for that one.



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