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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Life Among the Transition Weary...

Once again, Miss Ginger's alter ego, Boy Ginger, finds himself going through "transition" at the day job. "Transition" is a way of life for those retail companies that survive this horrible economy, because the alternative to "transition" is "liquidation", which is a much uglier word!
So, we moved offices from one side of the hall to the other to "improve synergy" between us and our "partner" who connects to our boss on the org chart by a faint dotted line....

we have spent the last 2 days in a mind-numbing "cascade" of kick-off meetings in which numerous powerpoints attempt to free-base the corporate kool-aid of new programs and structures designed to "integrate" our "intelligence".....

we have resolved ourselves to the fact that the "focused scope" of our new jobs will allow us to "deep dive into the details" and become muddled in minutiae that won't generate 15 cents worth of revenue....

we've added another layer of management "in the field" who won't know how to work a register but will always choose to "visit" on days when the stores are balls-to-the-walls busy.....

we will endure yet another "systems conversion" in which all of our usefull, familiar reports and screens will be replaced by a confusing web of information that can't be printed if you ever do locate what you need....

and we smile because we have a paycheck that we are "pretty sure" will clear the bank without bouncing!


It's retail for God's sake, not rocket science. You buy stuff, and sell it for (hopefully) more than you paid for it. Oye!


9 comments:

frogponder said...

I hates, hates, hates this kind of stuff. It will be replaced again and again. Same thing happens in education.

edder said...

"attempt to free-base the corporate kool-aid"...oh, how I love that.

Well put. Sounds like you have a bad infestation of consultants.

Dan said...

Oh sometimes they forget just how simple it all is.

Bob said...

Ah, but if it was so simple we'd all be doing it.

Indigo said...

It's always like that isn't it, whenever your busy as all get out, they want to do review of your work standards. (Hugs)Indigo

Beth said...

I'm so glad you survived. Based on your Facebook updates, I was starting to fear for your sanity. :) Hugs, Beth

miss alaineus said...

i was so gonna say what frogponder said. once you eliminate all the double speak, if you sell it, they will come....

i am going camping next week, rusicic style!


xxalainaxx

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Chant the mantra with me; Change is good, Change is good, Change Sucks :o)

Mark in DE said...

All that corporate codespeak can drive you crazy, eh? Hope your transition goes as smoothly as possible.

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