I’ve been thinking about this dissolving/removal of full-time positions at The Bookstore for the past week or so now. I think we’re going to feel this change for a long time to come. A lot of people are understandably angry. I’ve said before that we probably won’t ever get a full explanation for the move either. The Bookstore is still hiring, still offering jobs, still doing alright in the retail business but, and that’s a big “but,” there is very little room now for developing talent. The few full time spots that survived are going to be clutched tightly to the chest. Opportunities for growth as an employee doesn’t look good. The Bookstore, for a lot of people now, is no longer a company that will lead to bigger and better things. It’s not a career option. It’s a side job. A lot of people have used it as an in-between career job before this change, it feels like that’s the only thing left for it. It’s sad.
A lot of talent got dropped. Some may return, but those who were making it a career, the really valuable, experienced people will move on. They’re worth more than what a side job can offer.
I’ve seen and heard other arguments as to why the removal of these positions was healthy, I have seen documents and metrics showing where huge amounts of payroll hours were being wasted. It made this situation complicated. Had they the time I think the situation could have been fixed in a better, clearer, and less hurtful way. But I wasn’t there and I was (probably wisely) not allowed to make the cuts. People wanted their money and some would argue that chopping off a leg to save the body was what was needed. I’d just like to think that we’re in a world that’s advanced enough to find a way to save as much of that leg as possible rather than cut losses. But… it’s complicated…