I usually work the closing shift, in a mall environment, The mall opens at 930 on weekdays and closes at 9, and we are usually there till 930. I come in, start my shift, check in with the am manager about how much stock, what are our daily tasks, if anything new has changed. Depending on the day, we have mark downs, visual changes, more stock/less stock, etc. usually do tasks, customer service, run the floor, and cash. the closing shift is there from 1230 till 930 which is a 9 hour day, so we take a lunch around 430-530. and then finish tasks and customer service with another part timer until 9 when the mall closes.
the most enjoyable part of where I work is my co workers, we all try to make it fun and enjoyable to get through. Another thing would be when you have the customers who actually answer you, talk, and are respectful. I think the hardest part of the job is the customers who treat you like nothing and treat your store like a dump. I feel sometimes I'm there not cleaning and managing the store for them and their shopping enjoyment but there to clean after them, cleaning up their garbage, There is little respect in retail.
Even though there are cons to working in retail, just like any other job, retail does however help with a lot of skill building such as; confidence to talk to others, good customer service, confidence in yourself, leader roles, communication skills, tasking skills, time management skills=, organisation and cleaning skills. We go by Nco Standards ( neat clean and organised) detailing, multitasking, etc.