Sunday, April 20, 2008

Epilogue to the Staff Meeting

Nothing happened. Apparently the “Big Check” arrived in the nick of time and the only budget saving item announced was that we will no longer purchase the bigger bottles of water for the staff. Only smaller bottles will be purchased for meetings. Since we have a terrific reverse osmosis filtration device on both “kitchen” faucets (one upstairs and one downstairs) this is no big deal.

But. The “hub of discord” remains. I figured it out this morning when I was watching the dogs eat their breakfast. I thought of the Snopes family in Faulkner’s short stories. It’s been many years since I’ve read him, yet the premise remains with me. One family inadvertently acts as a catalyst of calamities with everyone they come in contact with but they remain unscathed.

There is only one person who has conflicts with others. She has problems with four other people whose only real fault is that they make her work instead of letting her read her book or play computer games. That person, if removed, would solve 90% of the office tensions.

Do you have such a person in your office?