Blog: McDonald’s training video

Catherine Sleep | 30 January 2007

You might enjoy taking a look at a McDonald’s training video from the early 1970s. The dated outfits, language and décor aside, the structure of the material itself is amusingly quaint.

An apparent prodigy of Dale Carnegie tells jaded McDonald’s staff that “simple as it may sound, the secret is courtesy”. Cue a pep talk about how courtesy is contagious, ditto smiling, and how as a staff member you are controlling the transaction and can steer a grotty customer away from barking at you and almost force him into being pleasant by setting the tone.

It’s obvious stuff, and it’s undeniably cheesy, but it holds as true in 2007 as it was in 1972. Trouble is, you can teach staff to say the right things, but you can’t make them mean it, and an insincere “Have a nice day” just irks. Still, even lip service courtesy is a start.

McDonald's training video


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