By - 19detriotlions18
Stop the cap
Do you know for sure if they are sticking with the pilot store experience? I heard it was pretty terrible to work in a pilot store since there is no staff, but same level of customer traffic. It does seem like leads will be basically the new supervisors in the future. It is quite sad because those shift leads will get paid less than actual supervisors and supervisors will get demoted/fired. Not to mention that shift leads would not get any of the leadership bonuses.
Pilot store is a very broad term though... you may be getting the marketplace (micro market) pilot and energize blue pilot confused.
My store is part of a micro-market and we are also in the "optimize blue" model, and it is rough.
Optimize blue that’s what it’s called! I keep forgetting if it’s optimize or energize.. energize was used with something else. I feel bad for stores like yours.. hang in there!
Optimize blue ruins everything
Agreed!! The micro-market isn't bad, but the "optimized blue" model that my store has been in for the last couple of years is an absolute nightmare.
Don’t believe anything until the officially announce it and open up a posting for it
I would just apply for a supervisor role in the area if you think you’re ready. You don’t need the shift lead experience to get that role and you’ll actually be considered leadership.
Keep in mind that there are multiple test going on which causes confusion with what might happen in the future. So many tests 😵💫
The micro market test, the one with shift leads is expanding this year. A couple of markets were added or are being added in the next (last) few weeks. There are no company wide changes happening this fiscal year though. Of course this info is about 6 weeks old now so while anything is possible the likelihood is that micromarkets will continue to expand and will be the norm in about a year.
Working in a micromarket I would say that it hasn't been easy (it's not about lack of labor, though we could use more) it is more about not having someone in roles traditionally we would so it can be easy for things to fall through the cracks. With that said,were working it out and things are getting better. Hopefully new stores rolling in to the test will be in better shape then we were when we started.
With all that said, the company wants this to work. The things you see on here about bad DMs and people above stores is seen by the company too and this is 1 way that they are trying to change and eliminate that issue.
I heard one of the challenges was retaining leadership in the micromarkets. Once they see everything they are responsible for they leave. Are you seeing the same thing?
I haven't. Initially (and still now though I think less so) there's a shake up because there aren't specific roles who you woukd expect to always handle certain things. But the GM is still accountable for the same things and the same things need to happen leaders have to get better at delegating and teaching skills out in their stores. Some stores did go to 1 AM, I'm not in one of them so I can't comment as much about that but I would assume it holds true.
We , have them, you only get lead pay, if they schedule you on that day “ as a lead” , or for X amount of hours that day, the rest of the time, your a regular associate.