“God,” she said, “that Fergan is his usual self, making changes to next year’s staffing budget without any real consultation. Just doing it to save his own hide.”
James swung his chair around, and said, “I go back a long way with Fergan. We both started out in in Revenue. I got promoted to a job he wanted and he has never forgotten. I don’t know why, he has done alright. He’s clambered over people though to get to where he is and would be the first to throw you under a bus to save himself.”
James paused for a moment before continuing, “It’s why I’m here.”
Yvonne added, “Yes he had Jamie, our Jamie at the meeting. The guy who replaced you in..Executive."
She paused and then continued, “I don’t know how, but Jamie held his own. He came in under special measures, yet has come up with an extraordinary idea which is being put to the board next week.”
She stopped speaking for a moment and then continued, “Jamie’s proposing 1 day off in lieu, for staff each month in response to all the conversations he had with people over the past 12 months when collecting and delivering newspapers. Productivity and profits are high - under this model profits are projected to skyrocket.”
James nodded, allowing Yvonne to continue. “Yes extraordinary suggestion, yet so true. Why not? If the staff are increasing profits, this means the company is well ahead – and a day off each month will improve staff morale. Quite astounding really.”
James reflected and then said, "mmm special measures, inclusive workforce, yes everyone makes contributions.”
“Yes,” said Yvonne, “it’s a label really – the way I observed Jamie handling himself like a seasoned pro.”
There was silence before she continued, “He does, though, know that he well, he isn’t ….er…the full…quid.”
She continued, “I see how he interacts with the guys – they are very accepting, but I can see in him, that sense that, well he knows that he isn’t quite up to it – he knows, that they know, that he isn’t, well, that there is a bit missing…even so, the guys are so decent about it….
There was silence, both lost in their thoughts until Yvonne piped up. “Can you look at something for me.”
“Yes, what is it?”
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