Need advice on what I might do.

Ev - posted on 12/07/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My problem is simple at best. I had to leave another job due to the possibility of loosing it. In the process of finding another job, I learned of the job duties before I took it. I knew what the expectations were. What they did not tell me was that some of those expected duties were going to be more physically demanding than I thought. And I am unsure I can handle this but I also need to work because it is only me bringing home the paycheck. I am not sure that I am going to be able to do the more physical demands of the job. Its a lot of lifting things and it said some over 50 lbs. And there will be lots of things that are over that in some orders. I have thought of looking for another job. Any ideas on this?

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Michelle - posted on 12/07/2014

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Are you able to talk to your boss/supervisor?
I have just got a new job and they asked if I had any medical issues that would prevent me from lifting boxes etc. I would say they should have disclosed a bit more information before offering you the job.
Talk to them and see what they say. You may be able to come up with a solution that suits everyone.

Gena - posted on 12/07/2014

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You can tell them that they didnt tell you about the heavy lifting befor,and maybe ask if you could avoid lifting or maybe get somebody to help you? Or else i would suggest looking for another job. Its unfair that they didnt tell you about the lifting.

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Ev - posted on 12/08/2014

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I checked back over my paperwork for when I got hired on. It says that one should be able to move, grasp etc things of various weight or size but never did say that there was transferring things to other carts. And some things I noted today are over 100 lbs and I can not life that. I do not not have documented medical issues so I am not sure what they would say about it.

Ev - posted on 12/07/2014

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I have back and knee issues. Its one of those club stores you pay memberships for. I chased kids in a preschool for 8 years plus so I am not unused to activities but I handled that fine. I had to lift kids 2x a day for diaper changes on the changing table. Or have to pick them up for other reasons. I am not sure what to think. But the job description asked if one could lift up to 50 lbs and did not say how much it would be done. Nor did they say anything about the changing merchandise to the other carts either before I decided to take the job.

Michelle - posted on 12/07/2014

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That doesn't sound like a "normal" cashier job at all. The cashiers at our supermarkets don't lift out the heavy items, they actually have a sign telling customer to leave them in the trolley/cart and they have the barcodes in a list to scan them.
Is there a reason you can't lift those things or are you just not strong enough?

Ev - posted on 12/07/2014

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All they asked is if I could lift a certain weight at times. Its a cashiering job and we have to unload the entire cart to check it including those heavy items and place them on another cart. I am talking things like big 50 lb bags of pet food, flour, sugar, rice etc...large cases of sodas....large items that weight quite a bit.....I do not think of a regular cashier when I think of this job. You would almost have to be an athlete to do this job. My family thinks I should try to continue.

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