It is a fast pace environment which for me is enjoyable.
Pros: it is a very busy safeway and makes time go by fast
Cons: when there is more packaging then time to do, due to serving customers
If I'm opening up (at 5:00 am), all items that have an expiry date as of the next day (ie. today is the 5th, the expiry date on product is the 6th), are to be removed and 'distressed' (which means that they will be either thrown out or composted) and then marked with a reduced price of 50% for consumers to purchase. These reduced products are put out – more... for half a day and then either thrown out or composted. Removing all 'expired' bakery goods and marking them with a reduced price takes approximately 2 hours. The hearth oven breads are taken out and displayed for purchase in the 'hut'. Once the reduced items have been dealt with and the 'hut' has been set up, the morning baked goods (bagels, french breads & muffins) are cooled enough to package and put out. This takes approximately half and hour to an hour. While these items are being packaged and put out, I'm also serving/assisting customers. After the morning baked goods have been taken care of, bread needs to be sliced and put out. A second worker usually starts about 8:30/9:00 am, at which time I would take my first break of 1/2 hour (this is considered my lunch break because I would punch out and then punch back in). After the lunch break, it would be packaging, slicing or assisting customers. Also would be taking cake orders or writing on cakes. Once all the packaging has been done, would assist wherever needed.
If doing a closing shift (11:30 am to 8:00 pm), the main job would be slicing, packaging, and stocking bread while serving and assisting customers. Slicing bread is approximately a 3-hour job. After the bread has been dealt with, assisting with any other baked goods that require packaging and stocking. The closer is usually on their own by 5:30 pm and then starts the clean-up. Clean-up entails removing any of the hearth oven breads for slicing and packaging. The 'hut' is wiped down as well as the slicers. The bagel bins are compressed and the bagel trays are washed and dried. The bun bins are then compressed and also wiped down. The majority of donuts are packaged and put out and the donut case is then wiped/washed. The floors are swept and the garbage is taken out just before leaving. While doing the above, customers are the first priority and must be served. All items that need to be done, is done in between serving/assistance customers.
Sometimes the most difficult part of the job is trying to get all the cleaning done when there are a lot of customers to assist. Organizing and multi-tasking is a feature that is used quite frequently. My co-workers and I work very well together. We cover each other and try to make sure that all areas are taken care of.
I enjoy the multi-tasking and trying to 'juggle' every aspect of the duties required. I'm happy when there is a lot of work to do and have no problem with having to work by myself and try and get things done. I enjoy serving/assisting people. It makes me feel useful and appreciated. – less