I might need a favour from y’all
So, I work at a petsmart. I hate it, but it was a job that deals with animals that I could reliably transit to.
The problem I have is that the store I work at is so severly understaffed. We are supposed to always have at least 6 people in the store, and we usually have 3. One pet care (me), one cashier, and a manager.
Animals aren’t getting taken care off, all of our fish tanks are disgustingly covered in algae, and habitats aren’t getting cleaned. Because one person is expected to deep clean the back rooms (there are two, one for sick animals and one for animals that just came in), deep clean the animals on the sales floor (hamsters, birds, and reptiles) and make sure that the fish tanks (all 150+) are all cleaned and ready to go by the time to store opens. Problem is, each of those tasks take at least an hour. And we have to get it done in 2 hours. By ourselves.
It’s so so stressful, and makes me want to quit my job because of how much I have to get done in so little time.
There’s about 137 of you. I am asking that if you have a petsmart close to you that is understaffed, write an email to corprate. Corprate listens to customers, not employees. Put in a complaint saying that you will go to another store if the severe lack of understaffing isn’t fixed. But please make sure you add understaffing into your complaint, otherwise corporate will just have existing employees and animals suffer more by having us focus even more so on customer service (at my store we pretty much have to stalk customers, asking about pets, why they’re here, what items they’re getting, what they plan on doing for the weekend with their pets, its ridiculous).
I still plan on leaving petsmart and going into a better paying, and more care directed at animals. Because I’m tired of being scolded for not taking care of animals but also not focusing only on customers.
Thanks for coming to my ted talk.