We have, for the purposes of our discussion, a hypothetical person who is uncomfortable in a particular hypothetical work position.
This person goes to work on a Friday when he feels not completely ill, but not completely well either, with symptoms of confusion, sluggishness and faint nausea. His motivation for showing up is to avoid his superior's disapproval of what would have been regarded as a lack of responsibility to his job and to the team on The Last Day Of The Month. On this day, our hypothetical employee completes his tasks, and prepares to leave work early to go home to recover from his ailment. Upon his leavetaking, the superior notes the employee's gray appearance, expresses sympathy, and in a first-ever act, grants a congratulatory message on a month's paperwork well-completed.
On the following Sunday evening, the superior contacts our employee to apprise him of A Disaster . . . a sum of money, in cash and checks, that had once been in our subject's care, custody and control, found in the recycling bin instead of credited to the proper accounts. The superior tells the employee that this Sunday-evening warning is a kindness to avoid the shock of such an announcement on a Monday morning, which is the First Day Of The Month, with all the implications which accrue. The superior closes the conversation with a statement of regret at having to break the news and that he had thought the last month had gone so well.
Employee is taken aback, shocked, horrified, abjectly sorry. And then begins to remember and realize how such an act might have occurred. Understanding brings more feelings of guilt and self-loathing. After an hour or two of severe distraction, our man begins to feel a little more at ease. It happened. It's done. No money was actually lost. He was sick at the time of the misplacement (and surely if it hadn't been an accident he could have found better places to put all that cash!) and, after all, tomorrow's another day.
Monday morning rolls around and our man goes to work where he finds that, although he is required to spend his day in the office where the sin occurred, he is given no work to do. His regular tasks have been shifted to others because the superior "just can't take the chance."
In the Employee's place, what action would you take?
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I like people who are comfortable with silence.
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