Chapter 12 – Entering the Spring and Autumn Hall
At nine o’ clock, Duan Shu Tong rode his bicycle to work and arrived at the Spring and Autumn Hall on time.
The Spring and Autumn Hall was established earlier and it was located in the county. The office building only had five floors, but don’t look down on those five floors, the building’s architectural style was more distinctive, and it was relatively famous in Shan Quan County.
It was a pity that the products that it developed were not popular.
In recent years, the Spring and Autumn Hall has been in a state of being unable to make ends meet. Its employees were not highly motivated, and its ability was far inferior to that of the Duan family headquarters.
After Duan Shu Tong received this information last night, his eyebrows have been constantly furrowed and they have not loosened since.
Judging from the data, the head director of the R&D Department, He Run, was someone with skills. But what could be done with the disappointing staff members? They were a huge letdown. They did not try at all, and most of them ended up dragging others down with them.
Duan Shu Tong pushed his bicycle next to him as he walked up to the building.
The guard at the door sized him up with an amazed expression on his face.
“I am a new employee at the R&D Department. The work card has not been made yet.” Duan Shu Tong said.
Doorman: “Oh, oh, oh. I know, I know. Please come in, please come in.”
Early in the morning, before he clocked in for work, the company had already sent a message to inform him.
Duan Shu Tong parked his bicycle in the bicycle port, and then walked to the R&D Department. As sson as he entered the building, a group of people approached him. When they saw him, their eyes lit up and laughter burst out.
“Aiya, Director Duan!”
Due to the departure of the deputy director of the R&D Department, Duan Shu Tong just so happened to fill the vacancy.
At the head of the group was the general manager of the Spring and Autumn Hall, Zhai Jun. He was in his forties, and he had both the stereotypical baldhead and beer belly.
Duan Shu Tong stretched out a hand to stop the enthusiasm of the group from rushing forward. With an indifferent face, he said: “Right now it is working hours. Head Director Zhai, ladies, and gentlemen, why don’t you all return to your workstations? I will go directly to the R&D Department.”
Zhai Jun: “…Er, Xiao He, you show Director Duan the way.”
Then Zhai Jun reached out to push a man out from the group. The man was about thirty years old, give or take. His appearance was very plain and his body was very thin. He wore a pair of glasses. His hair was a little messy and he did not shave his beard. His expression was very apathetic.
When the man was pushed forward, he was obviously startled. He didn’t seem to know how to react until he met Duan Shu Tong’s eyes.
Then he spoke slowly: “Come with me.”
He absolutely did not have the same enthusiasm as everyone else.
Zhai Jun took all of this in, and he hated iron for not becoming steel*, ah!
[*T/N: hated iron for not becoming steel = feeling resentful towards somebody for failing to meet expectations (and impatient to see improvement)]
Duan Shu Tong felt very normal. He followed the man for a few steps, remembered something, and then turned back. “After the work card is done, notify me to get it.”
Zhai Jun’s smile was like a glorious chrysanthemum. “Of course, of course!”
When He Run and Duan Shu Tong’s figures disappeared from the first floor, Zhai Jun put away his smile and waved his hand angrily. “Go do whatever you’re meant to do.”
The rest of the people all left, and only the secretary standing behind Zhai Jun heard him muttered one line: “Don’t know why they sent a brat here for.”
At least the face value was excellent and could be eye candy. The sisters in the company were probably going to be impassioned by this.
Duan Shu Tong quietly followed He Run into the R&D Department on the second floor.
The R&D Department attached the most importance to the laboratories, but He Run did not plan to take Duan Shu Tong to the labs. Instead, he led him to the reference room. Reckoned he was going to let him muddle his days away there.
“Director He.” Duan Shu Tong stopped him.
He Run turned back and used his eyes to do the questioning without saying anything.
“Can you set aside a lab for me?”
He Run didn’t ask much, only said: “Want an assistant?”
“I want one. I will choose by myself.”
Director He nodded, took out his cell phone and sent a message in the group chat to all the research employees. The group immediately exploded.
[Want to choose an assistant? Pray to Buddha, don’t choose me, ah!]
[Same, don’t want.]
[Really annoying. Isn’t it good just being a young master? Insisting on messing around with trivial matters, we still have projects on hand.]
[Ah, it must be “a newly appointed official wants to make bold changes upon assuming office*.” Understandable.]
(*T/N: 新官上任三把火 – means to throw one’s weight around so the subordinates know who’s boss and therefore won’t mess with the newly appointed boss in the future)
Although they were passionately word vomiting in the group chat, the researchers still walked lazily out of the labs and came before Duan Shu Tong.
Almost everyone said “don’t choose me” on their faces.
Duan Shu Tong swept over them with one glance. He pointed to a girl who was holding her folder with her head bowed down.
“I pick her.”