My boss, Clark, used to be in sales.
Based on my meeting with him today, you’d never have guessed.
This morning I walked by his office. He was on the phone. He snapped his fingers to get my attention. Then he waved me in.
After he hung up, he told me he needed a favor.
Apparently there’s a corporate “spirit” committee. Their mission? Find ways to boost employee morale.
Turns out it’s mandatory that every division have a rep on the committee.
Clark suggested that I should be our volunteer mandatory spirit rep.
He “sold” it by saying his hands were tied and as far as he was concerned it was all a colossal waste of time. Then he gave me the “hard sell.” I had no choice and at least it would get me out of here a few hours a month.
I believe the term is “voluntold.”
When I asked “Why me?” Clark looked pained.
I realized it was because I was walking by his door as he was getting his spirit committee orders.
But Clark used to be in sales. So he told me that he wanted someone who wouldn’t embarrass him… too much.
At this point, I think he sensed that his pitch was lacking “spirit.”
He tried to rally. He told me that I wouldn’t need to do anything, just show up and pretend to be interested.
Then he said “You can do that. Can’t you?”
…And so I’m now the customer service rep on the spirit committee.
My first suggestion to improve morale? Employees should avoid walking past their manager’s doors.