Well one of my friends that had worked with me at Wal-Mart for the better part of 2 years quit on Sunday when I wasn't working and I just found out about it today when I returned to work from a couple days off. A few minutes after arriving at work this morning the Human Resources lady comes up and asks me if I had changed my "career preferences" and I said no I hadn't, and she told me I needed to go do so because I was getting moved to another job at a higher pay grade. My department manager also comes up and tells me that my vacation had finally been approved and I had 41 hours of paid vacation starting on April 26-May 1st.
I found this all very strange because me and my friend that just quit had been talking about quitting because the working conditions and attitude of our Assistant Manager had gotten so bad over the last few months. I went so far as to tell one of my superiors a couple weeks ago that I was actively seeking new employment because working there was making me miserable. I just knew that I had all the paid vacation time coming up and didn't want to lose that if I left. My Assistant Manager had rejected my vacations requests 4 times previously to her finally approving it yesterday.
I am just guessing that when my friend quit, and he was a really hard worker not a slack ass like some of the other employees in my department, that they knew we were serious. Again just guessing but I think they gave me the new position, raise, and approved my vacation in an attempt to keep me their, though I could be wrong and it just all be coincidence.
Sucks for my friend, and I will miss him, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy to get the raise and all the other shit. I just hope my bosses will recognize that you can't treat people like shit and expect them to take it forever.