Thursday, November 10, 2016

Microstory 449: Floor 37 (Part 2)

Recruiting Manager: Before we begin, I would first like to let you know that you are not in trouble.
Corporate Recruiter: Well, that’s very good to hear.
Manager: We’re just here today to get an understanding of what went wrong. We can start with a Mister—
Recruiter: I’m sorry to stop you, but are you telling me that you know whose fault this window thing is?
Manager: Recruiter, we at Analion try to not blame each other for issues. When the company hurt. When you hurt...I hurt. We all hurt. We’re all in this together.
Recruiter: Right. But. We can’t all actually be to blame for the windows. It has to be an employee. I know you just said that I wasn’t in trouble, but I can’t help but feel like this is all going to lead people to think I had something to do with it.
Manager: No one said anything about anything. This is just an inquiry.
Recruiter: But If I hired someone who was responsible for the windows the windows, then you could just say—
Manager: I’m gonna stop you right there. The more you say right now, the closer you get to realizing your nightmares.
Recruiter: ...
Manager: Now that I know where you stand, I can be honest with you. The truth is that a lot of people screwed up. This is all about procedure. We had our way of doing things, and they were fine, but then a schism developed. Few people recognized the separation, and most that did dismissed it as inconsequential. Some of us, myself included, wanted to make this company better. We have too long denied certain truths about where the future is headed. Why we still use so much paper is beyond me. Why we built this giant tower when it’s more effective to source from people who work from home is beyond me. And why the elite make all these decisions without understanding what their minions go through on a daily beyond me.
Recruiter: Okay...
Manager: We had the chance to do something great; to turn our company into a bellwether that all other companies would look to for guidance. We ended up doing the opposite. We chose, not only to halt progress, but to force ourselves to go back to where we were nine years ago. Many people want to flee to our competitors, and I can’t  say that I blame them. For the first time in my career, I considered it as well. I have chosen another path. I’ve chosen to rise above it, and exercise my strength and calm to help us all get past what’s happened to us.
Recruiter: What are you saying? Are you asking something of me?
Manager: We are the gatekeepers of personnel, and what this company needs right a change in personnel.
Recruiter: Now you’re playing my song.

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