I’m mostly recovered from November, but the Christmas season keeps moving forward, full steam ahead.
I increased my time at the part-time job to full-time hours for the season, but BOY HOWDY it’s kicking my ass. I came home from work tonight, after the 20 minute walk in the cold, uphill (cue mournful music and tiny index finger & thumb violins) and promptly took my place for a nap in the recliner. The very recliner I bought from the financial spoils of last year in retail with full-time hours.
This year, I bought myself a new camera (bigger, better, faster, more, as they say) and although I’m taking photos with it when I can, I’m knackered from working the more demanding job. Why more demanding than any other full-time job? Because people are being very, very careful with their money and I’m seeing a high level of refunds/returns even before the gifts have been given!
And the customer service aspect? Increased, definitely. People ask more questions now and want more bargains. They are cautious and want more hand-holding during the decision and purchase process. This makes every customer more work in general. I’m grateful to have a job, don’t get me wrong, but I miss the spend-now-worry-later of last year. There was more energy from both customer and retail worker alike.
The numbers will point to last year being much busier than this year, but I would have to say that this year is more draining and the cause is financial.