You know I am sitting here looking at that title and thinking to myself that it would make a great title to some mystery book. That is if someone else hasn’t already used it.
Anyway…..I was thinking to myself the other day (I do that a lot). All of a sudden it hit me. The last hour what a great thing to blog about. No!! I am not talking about that dreaded topic of death. I am talking about the more dreaded last hour of your work day.
If you are anything like me you like to keep busy. I hate standing around having to manufacture something to do during any part of my shift. Usually were I work (WinCo Foods) there is plenty to do. My job mainly consists of “throwing the load”. This means I go in earlier than most the rest of the crew, and start down-stacking pallets of product and sorting them onto different carts.
There are pallets with cold foods such as, chicken, cheeses, sliced meats, whole chubs of meat, etc……. There are also pallets of all the frozen products we sell, and then there are pallets of the dry goods and paper products we use. Some of the carts go directly out front were someone is there to put them onto the shelves. Some of the items must be priced first, while still others go directly onto the deli shelves so the people working in there can sell them to the customers. The afore-mentioned chubs for instance. The deli workers slice them to be sold.
Getting back to my day. After I am done with the load I will go out front and help them stock or in some cases re-stock the shelves. I may go into the back room where we do the pricing and take care of that. I generally stock the breads we sell. I think you get the picture. With the store I work at being one of the most competitive price wise we are generally busier than most the other stores in town.
Yet there is still that dreaded last hour when everything seems to be in good enough shape. The shelves are fairly full. The products in the back room and freezer are neatly arranged. It appears there is not much else to do and you may have time left in your day. Is it just me? or does it seem a job that you do in the early part of the shift takes twenty minutes, that same job in the last hour takes up ten.
It definitely feels like the clock works against you in that last hour……..unless you are extremely busy, then it seems to go by too fast…….. or is there such a thing? I am guessing only when you are on break or lunch!!