Saturday, February 19, 2011

You know how one of the guidelines of good writing include the following: Don't use the same words all the time. Do not be redundant. Vary your word choice and sentence structure. 'Cause, you know, otherwise it gets boring.

The same goes for advice and long speeches.

I say this because my manager has given the department the SAME DAMN LECTURE--verbatim--for the past week. "Make your credits. Do your goal. Don't make your goal on the register, make it on the floor. But most of all, do your credits. It's not that hard! Ask them!"

Then she proceeds to chase some poor innocent customer and in a shrill, fake voice, ask them if they want a card.

Most, of course, say no.

I saw several of those customers running right quick out of the department today after just such an encounter.

Then the lecture moves into: "If you don't have good numbers on your metrics [stats that come out every Thursday] and don't have your points [points are given on the metrics every week based on percentage of goal done, credits done, etc], then we're in trouble. If you're not doing your job, then you're going to get me in trouble! And you'll get fired!"

"Also, don't leave any rods in your sections. Make sure they're clean! Remember your MAGIC training!"

There's emphasizing a point, then there's beating it like a dead horse.

I've been entertaining myself at work by thinking about a possible sitcom based on my department. Perhaps in April, for ScriptFrenzy? Not as nuts as NaNoWriMo---just a 100 pages of script in 30 days, this time. Imagine a department in a department store--the messiest part of the store--with a manic-depressive manager, a crazy cashier, a bewildered sales girl, a girl who perpetually texts while she's supposed to be working, and another who keeps divulging things about her personal life that nobody wants to know... (No really. I don't want to know these things about this girl).

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