Classic situation -- a woman who has seen too many years at one workplace is now leaving. She is, understandably, feeling a little negative about the whole place. She's into her last week, and has been saddled with me as a shadow, to train.
It's not an easy job...inventory control for a big box retail outlet (yeah, yeah, the same one I've been boring myself at as lowly cashier). The weekly and monthly and quarterly product counts are scheduled, and important (read: deathly important). And she has been there long enough to feel that she knows best.
I have some tips for training your replacement. Try to:
- Get over your negative attitude, and make your replacement feel welcome.
- Remember you are not irreplaceable. (Hell, they weren't even that concerned about replacing you with me, it was just a sudden thought on the part of the GM.)
- Be aware that you may think you know better than all of the other staff in the store, but that mindset is probably why you're generally unhappy there.
- Not tell the person you are training "You will never get this." It does not 1) make the trainee feel welcome, nor 2) make you look good.
- Actually train your replacement. Yes, you can do it faster than I can, but I'm the one who has to continue doing it once you've gone.
I liked her prior to today. This evening, while I could still like her socially, I have very little respect for her.
As always, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.