Employee: “Excuse me sir, may I talk to you?” Boss: “Sure, come on in. What can I do for you?” Employee: “Well sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years”. Boss: “Yes”. Employee: I won’t beat around the bush. Sir, I would like a raise. I currently have four companies after me and so I decided to talk to you first”.Boss: “A raise? I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time”.
Employee: “I understand your position, and I know that the current economic down turn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also take into consideration my hard work, pro-activeness and loyalty to this company for over a decade”.Boss: “Taking into account these factors, and considering I don’t want to start a brain drain, I’m willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an extra five days of vacation time. How does that sound?” Employee: “Great! It’s a deal! Thank you, sir!”Boss: “Before you go, just out of curiosity, what companies were after you?” Employee: “Oh, the Electric Company, Gas Company, Water Company and the Mortgage Company!”
All jokes aside, this is too close to the truth for too damn many people these days.