When The Boss Leaves A Message (Decoding The Hieroglyphics)

The Bosses Writing can be one of the hardest things to decode ever, usually because they have written a list of jobs etc in a hurry and their writing is not the best to understand. I have noticed that when its an important job your bosses writing is a lot more neater than when it is not, however this is not always the case as the boss may have been very busy and rushed off their feet but to decode what they have written is not rocket science just focus on key words.

Now usually it is abbreviated and this is where you need to use Common Sense to decipher the abbreviations, for example this scenario is something that I have been faced with before.

1. Rubbish

2. Clean Stands

3. Displays

4. Product Sold

These are just some of what you may find abbreviated on their list of jobs to do, now I will explain what they mean.


1. Empty the bins, recycling and put rubbish in the correct bags or boxes and store them where they are supposed to be stored, not just any where, otherwise you may have a health and safety time bomb on your hands.

2. Clean - all the stands not just one, otherwise it would be written.

3. Displays - This will mean that you will need to change the displays because there may be a new promotion about to start, and once you take off the old stock, clean the display stands also before you put new stock on.

4. Product Sold means to print off or make a list of what has been sold on the shop floor, look for gaps on shelves etc and bring down some new stock from the stock room to go in its place. You can also use this gap system to check for stolen items also as when you print off a list from the till it should tell you how many of that item has been sold and if there is a gap that should not be there for example the list may show that three items are sold and you have four gaps on the shelf, that shows that one item is missing, so check the floors, walk around the shop floor if you still can not find it? Write it down as stolen and report it to your supervisor or manager.

These are just some of what you will encounter but I hope that my definitions will help you, remember the key words and if you still are unsure don't be afraid to ASK!

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alian346 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

More tongue in cheek - VG!

But seriously - did a lot of pilfering go on?

Ian.


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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner) Author

An awful lot of pilfering :)

You cant believe it really as cumbria is sparse compared to the like of Souther England yet on thievery and robbery were about on par... Not good :)

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