Another update from the Jungle….
Dawn, the Chief Talent Officer for her company is happy for the first time in months. The election is over! The chips have fallen. She no longer cares who won.
She drives to work humming Roy Orbison’s song “It’s Over” and planning an impromptu TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party for the lunch hour. Her good mood lasts all the way to the employee parking lot.
The parking lot is partially blocked by a group of employees. Half the crowd is jubilant because their candidate won. The other half is snarling that the election was rigged. Dawn sighs deeply and wades into the group, greeting everyone by name. To encourage them to actually enter the building, she promises something “special” for lunch at company expense.
Dawn’s day goes further into a hole when she finds Helen, the Voice of Doom, camped out at her office door. Helen claims she saw rioters storming through her neighborhood as she drove to work. Dawn privately wishes Helen would join the riot. Aloud she suggests that Helen should go to her cubicle and sit quietly, waiting for martial law to be declared so that it is safe to drive home.
Dawn calls a local bakery to order a cake for the impromptu TGIO party. Apparently, many people are having TGIO parties because the bakery sold out of cakes. Dawn orders a mix of crème puffs and cookies. She is determined to have a cheerful lunch.
Allen, the Philosopher King, pops into her doorway as she hangs up the phone. He wants to talk about the difference between the popular vote and the Electoral College vote. Dawn cuts him off in mid-sentence. She has a really important job for him, she says. She needs him to go to the local big box store to buy supplies for the party. She’ll reimburse him, she promises.
Rory, the Prez, hurtles in to Dawn’s office practically frothing at the mouth. Half the workforce failed to show up this morning due to an excess of alcohol consumed last night while they watched the election returns. He can’t run a business without employees. Heads must roll!
What should Dawn do next?
- She can wait for the Prez to hyperventilate and then continue planning her party.
- She can promise him first dibs on the crème puffs and cookies.
- She can suggest that the employees be given some leeway on absenteeism due to the special circumstance of a hotly contested election.
Have a TGIO party to celebrate the end of this election cycle.
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