Today is being written of as another good one. It’s funny that the days slated to be the most boring of the week have become some of the best. Don’t get me wrong, even the best training sessions in the world are still classroom-based and at least moderately sleep-enducing, but this course (can three days be considered a course? Hmmm) was definitely one of the better I’ve done. So far I’m very impressed with the quality of the trainers my new job employs. World’s apart from a large portion of the trainers at my old job. I suppose it also comes down to the content as well, and I have found both three-day “courses” I’ve attended so far at this job have content worth learning.
Anyway, where was I? Today’s training was focused on tying up lose ends for the previous two days, as well as introducing us to a few more sales tools we’ll have at our disposal. I love sales tools. The more they can throw at me, the better. I’m lazy in every sense of the word (hence the weight issue), and sales tools save me time and energy. I’m seriously excited my new store is going to be bursting at the seams with them. I can’t wait to get in there and mess around with them and put them through their paces.
We also learnt about an existing product that I hadn’t really learnt much about yet. It was really good to have to broken down and the differences thoroughly explained, as I really feel like I can now see the benefits for customers and I can properly sell it. It’s not a product that was offered at my old job, and one that is very underused and not spoken about at the store I’m working at now. I don’t blame them for not teaching me, as the product isn’t something you’d sell (or even mention) to some customers, but I really want to start talking about it more now I know about it.
We wrapped up the training with a pep talk and group activity led by my new store manager. As I wasn’t interviewed by her and I haven’t worked in store with her yet, I only really know her by face and name. She knows who I am well enough to say hi in passing (she may or may not remember my name). It doesn’t bother me, given she’s now a store leader of 90 odd staff (at least 20 of them newbies), but it was really nice to hear her story and how she wants the new store to run. She’s really big on store culture and making it a focus, which I think is fantastic as it would be really easy for a store that big to fall into a mess of cliques, chaos and gossip. None of that leads to a workplace anyone wants to come in to each day.
She seems really friendly and down-to-earth. I’m looking forward to getting to know her a bit better. I’m also hoping to let her (or someone else who can address it) know that I’m looking to be trained up in other areas. The new store is full of people who specialise in things. I’m not really picky about what to be trained in (the more, the merrier!), I just don’t like being seen as “just another full timer”. I know I just started so for the moment I’m trying not to let it bother me, but I know pretty soon I’m going to start getting restless. Coming from management in my old job, it’s tough to feel like you’ve taken a step backward. I’m trying my best not to look at it that way, as this new store is going to be world’s apart in every way from what I’m used to, but ultimately I have been demoted. I’m not expecting to be given management for quite awhile so being trained in different areas will have to do. Anything to keep the job interesting.
The best part of today was being let out at 3pm. So good! We were rostered until 5 so an early home time is fantastic. I’m currently sitting (not standing!) on a train which is full of empty seats. I was expecting to battle peak hour madness so this is the best feeling.
The weather is still pretty miserable but no storms or tornadoes today (touch wood). If it doesn’t look like it’s going to rain when I get home, I might take the dog for a walk. I walked to the bus stop today so my step count will be pretty good either way but I feel bad for the dog being cooped up all day. No promises though, the sky is pretty grey and I really don’t want to get caught in a downpour with my new phone.
Today I ate about as well as yesterday. Chocolate snacks to keep away the headache (more successfully today than the previous two days!). The same breakfast and lunch, with the exception I swapped an apple at lunch for a banana. Tonight I’ve got Lite N Easy Butter Chicken. I’m a little nervous because I’m not a huge fan of Indian food a lot of the time, but it looked good in the picture so I’m going to try to be open minded.
I best wrap it up here. My stop is fast approaching! Hope you had a great day too 😊