Another couple of days this week, of volunteering at the charity shop done. I talked to some other people there who like me are there assigned as part of the government's 'work for the dole' program. Seems morale in that department is catastrophically low.
We have a personnel excess - this is not the sort of operation that needs a 1:1 or higher ratio of floor staff to customers. Pretty much the only direction given to anyone in this position is to 'work the floor' and pick up clothes dropped by customers, with a distinct lack of hoped-for useful experience, such as getting taught to work the register or donation processing activities, which seem to be covered by the regular staff. I have been making an effort to be assertive and check several times a day if there is anything I could be doing, which netted me doing some washing dishes in the staff room today. That was a welcome change.
I am not the only one plotting getting out of there. Have plans in place to pursue some more library volunteering opportunities tomorrow and the next day, which will hopefully bear fruit and enable me to occupy my time doing something more satisfying with my time.
I don't think I would mind working in a retail environment, despite it not being at all my first choice, provided there was actually work for me to do, to keep me occupied doing it. But there isn't, and I need to find something else.