I want to start by saying that I truly hope this does not come off as me complaining about my situation. I am grateful that I have a job and that I am in a relatively stable financial state that is almost entirely debt free. I appreciate the hardships of the many members of this forum who are in dire straits due to the poor economy and are out of work themselves... but I'd like to get this off my chest.
Just as some basic background, I work as a service and repair technician in a retail store for a major US cellular carrier. I learned today that my hours where I work are likely to be cut back. The fact that my hours are being cut back isn't what makes me upset, it's why they are being cut back.
I work in a store of about 20 employees. We learned that we need to shed a body because our business does not support our staffing. Unfortunate, but the nature of business I suppose. Instead of cutting the one person that is required, my manager at this point is going to cut hours back (to around 36 per week for full timers) instead.
Now, I would have absolutely no problem with this if this was purely a product of the times. If everyone in my store came in every day and gave a 100% genuine effort to do the very best they can, I would have no problem sacrificing some of my hours to save their job. However, we have a minimum of three employees that punch in, go through the motions, and punch out with no effort whatsoever. I will help someone who tries and gives an honest effort... but I'm less inclined to carry dead weight for someone who could clearly care less. Their lack of effort drags us down... not making sales numbers because of a lack of inspiration. The sales numbers don't effect me directly at all... but their lack of performance on customer satisfaction surveys directly effects my commission paycheck (the commission portion of my pay is entirely based on customer satisfaction with the entire store's personnel, not just my own).
What are your thoughts on this? I like to think of myself as a good person willing to help others... but am I wrong to be upset that I will be risking my financial stability to carry dead weight?