Yesterday, Ala, my boss, comes to me and asks me what my duties were at a former job. No problem. I describe them and he goes away. About 15 min later he comes back and says he would like to put me in what I suppose is Sonic’s mgmt training program. He mentions it would mean I would have to close 2 night a week, which I said was no problem as I have a totally open availability (which he’s known about since I started working there).
I can’t decide if this is good or bad. Nobody and I mean nobody could be more apathetic on the job. I barely smile and I get the job done but you can’t say I’m exactly motivated. If an asst mgr or Ala asks me to do something, I do it, but I rarely do anything of my own accord.
Wait…before you flame me, I only apathetic on the job because I really don’t like it. I mean who would? Not so good pay (althoug better than min. wage which I think is like 5.45 an hour or something), it’s constantly hot as hell, we seldom if ever get any sort of break (15 min or otherwise), we aren’t allowed to have drinks on the front line (not even water!) so I"m constantly dehydrated and ready to fall over a dessicated corpse, nothing to stand on except hard tile floor for hours on end without being allowed to move from one spot, long hours, the list goes on and on.
I didn’t ask to be put into mgmt training. I know one of the asst mgrs is going away and they are training a person who is sort of a shift mgr to replace him so I guess they are going to train me to replace her. I suppose out out all the peole Ala’s hired in the last 6 mos I’ve been the most intelligent and the only one who bothered to stick around (but not because I wanted to).
The way I see it, this is good in only one way: I get more money. Maybe. I have no idea if I get a pay raise out of this, he hasn’t said.
But there’s also a downside too. I’m one of the few staff members who speaks English as a first language. Most of the others, whatever their Latin origin (Mexico, Brazil, whatever), either only speak Spanish or speak barely enough English to get by. I speak no Spanish…well…very little Spanish. I’m wondering how I’m suppose to ask/tell people who don’t even speak my language what they need to do. I’ve considered (if I’m even still there) asking for Spanish-lesson CDs for Christmas. I’m also still looking for another job and don’t want to make any closer ties to Sonic than I have to. This would be a closer tie than I ever even wanted and it makes me a bit nervous. I"ll be under even closer scrutiny by Ala and I know if I screw up, I’ll get fired in a half a second.
Heck…he’s already scrutinizing me too closely. Yesterday when I came to work, I guess I had a couple of cat hairs still on my shirt, even though I’d lintbrushed furiously for 10 min or so before coming in. He got all picky about it and told me from now on I need to wash my uniform each night (which I do anyway) and as SOON as it was dry, seal it in a plastic ziploc baggie so it didn’t get cat hair on it. I need to bring it up to the Mall and change into it before work and then change after I get off to maximize non-cat-hairiness. :rolleyes: Oy vey.
So I don’t know what to think yet. I’m still battling this in my mind.