How the Boss Found Christmas
By George Brymer (with apologies to Dr. Suess)
All the workers
Down at Who’s Corp.
Liked Christmas a lot…
But the manger
Of the Who-town division,
The chief thought that Christmas was too much of a drain
On the productivity he strived so hard to maintain.
It could be that HIS boss was a mean, nasty jerk.
It could be, perhaps, that he hated his work.
But the most likely reason that could explain why
May be that the home office set his goals much too high.
Whatever the reason,
His goals or his boss,
He fumed every Christmas about efficiency loss.
Staring out of his office with a frustrated look
At the now-empty cubicles, his head he just shook.
For he knew every worker at Who’s Corp. was sharing
A Christmas Eve noontime full of laughter and caring.
“And they’re having such fun,” he said sounding dire.
“They’re enjoying their lunch, while the work piles higher.”
Then he growled, “I have an idea to teach them a lesson!”
“I MUST make their work HARDER, let me think for a second…”
He slipped into the workroom
Where he lurked all around,
The desks of his workers
Without making a sound.
He slithered and slunk, like a Grinchy old fool,
Around the whole office, and he took their work tools.
Cell phones! And laptops! Keyboards! And mice!
Flash drives! And shredders! He took EVERY device.
He hauled out the server. But here’s the real rub:
Why, that boss even took their beloved Bizhub.
It was quarter past lunch…
When the people he called “staffing”
Returned to their desks and continued their laughing.
As he stared at the workers
The boss questioned his eyes!
What he saw them all doing
Came as quite a surprise!
Every worker at Who’s Corp., with jobs big and small,
Was working their hardest! Without any tools at all!
He HADN’T stopped productivity.
Even with no Bizhub, it came just the same!
And the boss, with his boss-look froze to his face,
Stood puzzling and wondering how they kept up the pace.
He wondered awhile, looking out of his door.
Then the boss thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe productivity doesn’t come from an Office Max store.
“Maybe productivity…perhaps…means something much more!”
And what happened then…?
Well…at Who’s Corp. they say
That the boss took the goals
And he threw them away.
That very minute he felt his heart lighten,
And his outlook on Christmas? He allowed it to brighten.
And this part…is true…I swear to our readership:
For the rest of the day…
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