A conversation between team leaders

[Office team leader Derrick stops by the cubicle of team leader Colin for a quick chat.]

Derrick: “The way you never overwork your team is commendable, it really is.”

Colin: “Why, thank you.”

D: “Yes, I would be surprised if any team member of yours ever worked past five o’clock or started before nine.”

C: “Well, I try to maintain the outlook that we’re all entitled to a life outside of work. No need for our day jobs to dictate who we are.”

D: “Quite right. And, of course, mandatory hour-long lunch breaks. While everyone else eats and goes to the bathroom in under twenty-five minutes, getting back to work and getting the job done, you and your team are practically napping after a four-course buffet.”

C: “Well, I think there may be some embellishments there. Nothing wrong with taking what’s entitled to you.”

D: “Yes, quite…it’s simply that I doubt any of your team would be quick to go the extra mile, if it were so required.”

C: “On the contrary! It’s my belief that if you treat your staff agreeably and show that you respect their right to a life then you’ll find them far more responsive and giving when the company’s under pressure.”

D: “Well, I’d like to see that some time – going the extra mile or even just a few additional inches.”

C: [coughs] “Arsehole.” [coughs]

D: “I’m sorry. What was that?”

C: “I said ‘it ain’t half cold’. Someone should go look at the thermostat.”

D: “I’ll have one of my team look at it right away. I’m sure their lunchbreak has long ended. Tally-ho!”

C: “Bye, Derrick.”

D: “See you!”


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