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However, that decision was not a very good one.
“You’re late.” (Evia)
As I walked quickly into the conference room, my words were so deadly that I thought they were sharp blades.
It was five minutes before the start of the meeting, but it seemed that I was the last one to arrive and there was only one seat available.
Supervisor Evia, who was sitting on the top seat had an attitude that could be described as a blizzard if her normal attitude was cold.
I’m not foolish enough to defy her.
I said I was sorry and took my seat.
“It’s not yet time, but it’s urgent. So, I’ll make this quick.” (Evia)
On the contrary, Supervisor Evia stood up quickly without making a sound and pulled out a sheet of paper from an empty space.
And with a blink of an eye, one of the documents appeared in front of us. It probably has the same thing written on it.
“Listen as you read through them, the reason we asked you to gather here is as written on the documents; There are currently no testers outside of your party.” (Evia)
As a soloist, I didn’t have much to do with this, but the other five parties seemed to be different. The air was a little buzzing.
Except for me, the other members of the party were in teams.
Four men and one woman, each with a different expression on their face, listen to the conversation.
“Eighteen people, that’s the current number of testers. At this rate, we’ll have trouble testing the dungeon. Above all, it’s not efficient.” (Evia)
The point is, it’s like being asked to survey the quality of living in the entire city of Tokyo with only eighteen people.
It would be impossible to finish, and above all, it would cost too much money to operate.
“But as you most certainly know, it has only just begun, and we cannot terminate it without any results. Of course, it’s not like we haven’t taken any measures. We are currently recruiting testers for the second phase. However, it will take time to gather new personnel. That’s where you guys come in.” (Evia)
As if it had been waiting for the supervisor’s words, a stack of papers appeared in front of us with a heavy thud.
There were no less than five hundred sheets of paper.
The tester sitting next to me mentioned the identity of the familiar bundle of papers.
Yes, this is the flyer that led me to come to this company.
Well, the number of sheets is inordinately large, but the design is not so different that I could mistake it. I can recognize it at a glance.
“Rejoice, you who are here, I give you full authority. As you can see, I’ve prepared a flyer that you’ve seen before. I don’t have to tell you the rest, do I?” (Evia)
The supervisor implicitly gave me the answer associated with it earlier than I expected.
“You want us to hand out flyers?” (Tester)
I had just been looking for a reason to make me help myself out, so this was a great opportunity for me, but not so much for the others.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to hand out pieces of paper. There must be parties that are currently short on manpower. It was a proposal to make up for it, but are you dissatisfied?” (Evia)
“Our job is to test the dungeon. At least there is nothing wrong with my party. I don’t see the need to go to the trouble of wasting time handing out flyers.” (Tester)
The first time someone clearly complained to the supervisor was the magic swordsman during the newcomer training and mid-year joint training, who probably had just graduated from college.
As I recall, his name was Toru, Toru Hizumi. He looked like he could have been a model somewhere. And now, he was complaining.
I think he was trying to say that his job was to be a tester.
He glanced at me for a moment, probably thinking that this meeting was being held for me.
The others looked at me bitterly, as if his comment had made them think so.
That may be true, but I can assure you that this is not the case with Supervisor Evia.
The connection with me is there, but the supervisor keeps a strict separation between professional and personal life.
In reality, this meeting should have been held to gain leverage before the number of testers dwindles and the shortage of manpower starts to affect the future schedule.
In that sense, his behavior was too juvenile, or in this case, too naïve.
In such a case, it is not a good idea to respond insubordinately.
He may think that he is going to be forced to clean up the company’s mess, but if he keeps complaining because he doesn’t get his way, he will eventually end up choking himself.
The supervisor may not have explained it well, but she is giving us the opportunity to solve the human resource shortage, in this case, the shortage of manpower in the field.
They are handing over to us the authority that should normally be held by the human resources department or the management team.
This is an unthinkable action.
“Well, are the other guys unhappy with… it’s written all over your face. So this is unnecessary?”
It was inconceivable, at least to me, to throw away that kindness.
I quickly reached for the stack of flyers and pulled them towards me.
In no time at all, the other bundle of flyers disappeared.
“Hmmm, then I’m done talking. Now get back to work, except for Jiro Tanaka, who took up too much of my time.” (Evia)
Although she said that I took up her time, the supervisor seemed to be saying that I wasted her time.
I felt uncomfortable about the atmosphere that I sensed.
The other members of the team, except for me, greeted each other casually and left the meeting room, looking at me with annoyance.
I stayed behind.
After a few minutes of waiting, when there was no sign of the departing members coming back, she spoke up.
“Now, on with the story. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I can’t fill the vacancies immediately, or in other words, including the training period, the new recruits are yet to join. All we can say is that the hiring of new employees is up in the air.” (Evia)
The supervisor wrinkled her brows as she let out a sigh, “If it were that easy to find new employees, we wouldn’t have much trouble.”
I knew there was more to it than that.
If I had turned down the offer at that moment because I would have had more work to do, I would have continued to be a solo tester until next year.
The supervisor was a higher-ranked person than me, and it would have been easy for her to set me up without giving me any time to realize what was behind it.
It was an action that made me feel that, and although I can’t try to figure it out before, I think I’ve deduced the correct answer now.
“I’m sure you’re aware of this, but we can’t replenish our staff during this time. Therefore, for a limited time, you may hire up to a hundred people who seem to have talent at your discretion.” (Evia)
“A hundred people!?”
“Oh, only if you can.” (Evia)
A hundred is the same as the quota when I was recruited.
In my mind, I was thinking that there would be at most one or two people, but I was surprised to hear that the number of people hired would be beyond my expectations.
After I was surprised, she smiled challengingly, probably because she thought that I would not be able to recruit a hundred people on my own.
I think so too.
“Of course, we will take care of the contract and other procedures. All you have to do is give an interview and bring in those with the appropriate magical aptitude.” (Evia)
As expected of a demon, their methods are unrelenting.
She didn’t lie to me but wrung my neck.
As I listened to Supervisor Evia’s words as she nonchalantly relayed the paperwork to me, I took another look at the document from earlier, this time carefully.
At the end of the document, there was a brief description of the future personnel policy.
It was hard to believe that the other members of the team had not read the document thoroughly.
As it turned out, the situation was the fault of those who didn’t listen to the end of the document.
Sometimes, by taking on a task, you can improve your position and the quality of your work. I was convinced that this was a prime example.
“Isn’t this flyer only measuring an aptitude value of 1?”
That’s one thing, now let’s listen to the supervisor.
“It’s specially made. If you’re not fit, it’s just a blank piece of paper, but depending on your aptitude, a number will appear on the right side. It’s only a simple diagnosis, but it gives you an idea.” (Evia)
“What happens after a successful scouting?”
“I’ll take care of the paperwork such as the contract, but we can’t provide training or guidance. Since there is a shortage of manpower, you should give the guidance.” (Evia)
I thought about the supervisor’s words as she added that she would provide the facilities and resources.
In other words, I’ll have to do roughly three things.
Scouting, classroom training, and combat skills training.
The scouting will need to be done either on my days off or on a flexible schedule, but it’s not that difficult to coordinate.
I can also teach them about dungeons. They can give us materials, and I can teach them as if I were giving a presentation, and then we can go out and do it.
However, there was a problem with the last part.
Unfortunately, I had only learned the job of a warrior, so I couldn’t teach any other skills.
“Supervisor, may I ask your instructors for guidance?”
“I don’t care who’s available, they’re completely on their own. I don’t see why you can’t just go through Suela and have them called up.” (Evia)
As for the question as a countermeasure, if the supervisor says, the final combat maneuver guidance will not be a problem.
What I want is someone who isn’t a warrior.
The ideal personnel is someone who can release traps and perform reconnaissance or a person in charge of recovery, but at this point, I think it’s best if the positions don’t overlap.
Even if I wear it in the worst case, if I can protect my back, I will be old.
This is a great opportunity to break through the current status quo of escaping from soloing, so let’s use it well.
“I’ll let you know the exact deadline for recruitment, but I’d say it’s at least six months away, and if you run out of those flyers, come to my office. I’ll have some made by someone who’s available.” (Evia)
After saying this, the supervisor stopped at the entrance and turned around before leaving the conference room.
“I almost forgot about it. Here, I’ll give you this.” (Evia)
“The key to the common room for Parties. I thought you might need a place to gather for group activities, so I prepared one for each party, but it went to waste.”
The superintendent smiled a very nice smile, saying that was a shame, but the expression on her face didn’t match her words. She definitely did not feel sorry, and on the contrary, I think she was fine with it.
“Don’t worry about the rent, it’s out of my pocket. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what to do with the room from now on, but you’d better make the most of it. I’ll tell you what, if you’ve prepared this much and the recruiting fails, you understand, don’t you?” (Evia)
She then leaves the conference room this time, leaving an absolute zero smile, which was different from the mood from before.
Even though I can deal with the deadline, that smile does something that is bad for my heart.
I was left with the keys and goosebumps, so I took the flyer and went to check out the common room.
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