Pros: regular changes in product and the need for product knowledge
Cons: not being able to focus attention on customers in need
A typical day at work would include servicing bays, which would include repairing and/or replacing displays and fixtures, cleaning the bay itself, replacing damaged and worn labels, repairing product packaging, and packing down stock as needed. While working at home depot, I've learned how to install toilets, sinks, faucets, and lighting fixtures, as well as perform minor repairs. The management seems to be rather disconnected from the issues faced by employees, including health issues, as they maintain a system of demerits for absences, regardless of the reason for which an associate is absent, including bereavement and legal subpoenas. Furthermore, many members of management have little to no understanding of proper hazardous material containment, clean-up and disposal, including biohazards such as various bird and rodent droppings, as well as dead animals. Many of the store associates are willing to help as needed, while occasionally there is the odd associate who, for whatever reason, would be unwilling to help. The hardest part of the job, as a man, is being required to lift anything that cannot easily be lifted alone, including anything greater than 30 kg. Perhaps the best part of the job is being able to learn about many different things from the different types of and qualities of flooring, to the benefits and disadvantages of different types of lighting.