gonna be working in retail soon, need advise

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    Nov 24, 2014 5:30 AM GMT
    ok so recently i got hired for a seasonal job at [Retail Department Store] in the backroom/stock room, which means I will be moving stuff and lifting around a lot.

    what are some things I need to know? Anyone had experiences?

    Should I be flexing my core when moving stuff? what's the proper form when i move stuff? keep my spine straight?

    any insights or tips or helps appreciated, especially when it comes to avoiding work injuries and proper forms and stuff

    I've only did dead lifts, squats, and other things in Stronglifts, so idk if they are applicable to actual physical tasks.
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    Nov 24, 2014 10:35 AM GMT
    Only advice I can say helps is use ur legs to lift.... Squat down grasp items and lift keeping back straight.
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    Nov 24, 2014 12:04 PM GMT
    Use the back support belt you will most likely be supplied with. Stock rooms are rough on the back.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 24, 2014 1:01 PM GMT
    I'd ask questions about what is required and about the
    typical weight of all boxes you will be moving. What is provided for you (such as weight belts, dollys for moving, etc). Know what is expected.

    Just be aware of what you are doing when you are involved in that work, and how you are standing, lifting in terms of stance, etc.

    Good luck, I hope it's a great experience!
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    Nov 24, 2014 1:13 PM GMT
    If you find yourself standing in pretty much the same area pulling items from the shelf get an anti-fatigue mat. It will save your feet a ton of hurt.
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    Nov 24, 2014 3:07 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI'd ask questions about what is required and about the
    typical weight of all boxes you will be moving. What is provided for you (such as weight belts, dollys for moving, etc). Know what is expected.

    Just be aware of what you are doing when you are involved in that work, and how you are standing, lifting in terms of stance, etc.

    Good luck, I hope it's a great experience!


    the online website i apply to says be able to lift 50 lbs, i think i can do that lol....
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    Nov 24, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    Just pray you don't have to deal directly with customers.
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    Nov 24, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    You won't be working there after a year.
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    Nov 24, 2014 11:21 PM GMT
    discojim saidJust pray you don't have to deal directly with customers.
    Or even better plan: Learn to keep a level head even when customers don't. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 24, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    Pazzy gets a job...



    j/k, pazz...icon_wink.gif
  • buddycat

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    Nov 24, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    That Dunkin Doughnut video cracks me up. Fortunately I never go there since I don't eat donuts and don't drink their coffee. I rather go to Wawa.
  • 3014Beachgoer

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    Nov 25, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    That was my First job back then.. I was Seasonal Help, And worked for a Dept Store.. I stayed Busy, Always came to work on time.. Always helped others, Carrying things.. ETC.
    Always Had a smile on my face... I showed the Company that I was interested in moving up.. Wanted to become a Manager.. Just always be on time for work.. And be Patient.. Always becareful with your knees and Back.. Bend Properly... And they were so impressed with my work that they kept me until the company closed 10 years later..
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    Nov 25, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    3014Beachgoer saidThat was my First job back then.. I was Seasonal Help, And worked for a Dept Store.. I stayed Busy, Always came to work on time.. Always helped others, Carrying things.. ETC.
    Always Had a smile on my face... I showed the Company that I was interested in moving up.. Wanted to become a Manager.. Just always be on time for work.. And be Patient.. Always becareful with your knees and Back.. Bend Properly... And they were so impressed with my work that they kept me until the company closed 10 years later..


    nice!
    i didnt plan to go to manager or whatever LOL.

    you meant bend my knee carefully right?
  • Webster666

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    Nov 25, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    The #1 thing to know is to bend your knees.
    Squat down, grasp what you're going to lift, then stand up, so that you're lifting the load with your legs, not your back.

    If something seems too heavy, don't be afraid to ask someone to help you lift it.
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    Nov 25, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    discojim saidJust pray you don't have to deal directly with customers.
    Or even better plan: Learn to keep a level head even when customers don't. icon_wink.gif
    I work on an IT help desk. This is possibly the greatest life skill to learn. icon_lol.gif
  • ai82

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    Nov 26, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    Use that employee discount! I worked in a department store as a cashier for a few years. I was so concerned about saving money I barely used it.
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    Nov 26, 2014 12:23 PM GMT
    my advice

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    Nov 26, 2014 8:24 PM GMT
    pasfu31 saidmy advice

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    um, im already in school, just applying jobs for some moneys rofl

  • Oct 27, 2016 11:33 PM GMT
    worked in retail for 37 years it sucks lot of hard work and little pay