Sample Manager Schedule:
Tuesday: 7am – 11am “office hours”
(all reports due by 7am, conference call 8:30am, finish any off-the-floor work)
Wednesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
(open the store, work the floor)
Friday: 3pm – close
(make deposits, work the floor, close the store)
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
(straighten store for busy day, ensure all back-stock is out, open the store, work the floor)
Monday: 8am – 5pm
(ensure Spot Inventory is flawless, take deposits, open the store, work the floor, markdowns)
Merchandising: 8:30pm – 12:30am
(come at 8:30pm to help with shipment if it isn’t finished, 4 hours to re-merch and accessorize the entire store)
You are expected to work one Friday night and Saturday shift every other weekend. On the weekends that you get to enjoy being off, you need to ensure you have a trusted shift leader working those weekend shifts in your store to be the source of energy and leadership while you enjoy your off days.
By using the above schedule as a template this will increase time-management and efficiency. There are many ways to work a successful schedule, and this is just one of them. Keep in mind that you will need time on Tuesday mornings for reports due by 8AM; scheduling a few hours of “office work” is fine, but you need to be protecting floor time to be the source of energy and leadership in your store.