Greetings all. So I'm mostly writing this because I'm bored. But I guess I do have some things I would like to get off my chest. First let's catch up, because I don't really know what you know.
I told you that I was quitting my job back in July, and got another one. Well that job was a bust. While the money was fantastic, the circumstances of the job that were presented to me at the time of the interview were a total lie. The place had been completely let go and neglected for years. The staff was horrible, and the company it's self was in a state of chaos. I gave it my best for a bout 5 months and then decided for my own mental health I had to leave. I was working 60 hours a week with no over time, and just killing myself.
So one of my doctor friends just so happened to need an optician, and to fire the one he had. So I agreed to come work for him. While it was a massive pay cut, there was a lot more flexibility. And honestly I wanted a break from being in charge of everything all the time. Weeelllll....Turned out that I was the only person there with in optical experience. Even the "Office Manager" had only been there about 7 months, and hadn't bothered to learn any optical stuff, just did the billing. The office hadn't changed its products or business model since the 90's and the sales where dismal to say the least. Long story short I took over. I changed all the product, and processes related tot he glasses. Analyzed profits and started tracking growth. I ended up increasing sales 65% over the last 6 months. I'm really killing it.
However, the staff there is a bit of an issue. First off the office manager isn't managing at all. I am, and I am not getting any of the pay or benefits that come with the title. Second I have no authority to enforce any kind of policy change. There are some serious behavior issues that I can't fix without any authority. The staff refuses to learn anything outside the core of their primary job. They are completely resistant to change and honestly just down right lazy. Not to mention the attendance issues. To bring it all together. While the doctor realizes there is a problem he doesn't really have the guts to do anything about it. He avoids any kind of conflict at all costs. And he doesn't wanna step on the office manager's toes. So I'm frustrated. The practice has a lot of potential but I'm struggling to get it there after this huge growth spurt. Mostly due to the fact that I don't have the power.
Which brings me to my current dilemma. My old position at my original job is available again. The market manger has already contacted me about it. I basically just have to apply for it. I will be making more money then I was when I left there, and have all the full benefits back that I had before, that I don't have now. However, it's in a rough state. The manager the took over after I left did a lot of damage. The doctor is leaving, the staff has all quit, and there will be no one working there come Saturday. The relationship with the other managers in the store has been tainted, and a huge competitor is opening up this summer. Basically I would have no chance of actually being successful there, but I would be making a lot more money and have benefits. And honestly it's a lot easier of a job.
So I told doc that I want a promotion and that I wanted an answer by the time I get back from vacation or I am taking my old job back. So I guess I'll find out Tuesday where I am going and what I am doing. But for now I am tired of writing this. So Later.
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