If you work in retail you probably get a standard response from anyone who learns about your job, so we’re here to bust the myths and misconceptions about retail jobs!
Retail workers are lazy
One of the most offensive misconceptions about workers in retail – Often times people associate working in a retail environment with being lazy or even stupid, an assumption that has absolutely no basis at all. Working in retail, whether it’s on the shop floor, at the tills or in the back office, requires a great deal of energy, persistence and intelligence to keep up with the store’s pace.
They just don’t try hard enough
Have you ever heard, “if you just go back to school maybe you can get a better job?” It’s common for people to assume that retail workers strive for a better or nicer job in the life, and hearing this from a friend or colleague can actually be very demeaning. Successful retail workers hold a unique set of skills and are constantly faced with new challenges, it can be an extremely rewarding career and it’s one many successful professionals opt to pursue!
They hate their job
Sure, it’s stressful, exhausting and mentally draining but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. Working in retail comes with a wide range of perks – from flexible working hours and in-store discounts, to a fun and supportive team environment – which can entirely outweigh the challenges of the job. Don’t ever assume that someone working in retail hates their job.
It’s an easy job!
Now this is just plain wrong! While your official title may be “Sales Associate”, any given individual in a retail environment usually wears many, many hats. They have to provide excellent customer service, understand interior design and décor and tune in to customer psychology. Retail work is more like five or six jobs rolled into one.
Retail workers are at your beck and call
When wearing their customer service hat, retail workers can provide the best possible service and will do everything they can to help you out, but they’re not miracle workers. They’re not there to watch your kids while you browse, give you a special discount ‘just this one time’, or make an out of stock item suddenly appear.