00:16>> Now as most of you know, for several years
00:18>> the company has treated all the
00:20>> to a Thanksgiving meal in the cafeteria
00:23>> the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
00:25>> It’s quite the production.
00:27>> A caterer delivers all the food and sets it all up,
00:30>> but the executive staff always serves the meal
00:33>> to show appreciation to the employees.
00:35>> You know, a gesture of goodwill and gratitude.
00:38>> This has always been a big event,
00:39>> and everyone seems to enjoy it, but last year there
00:42>> were several problems that made things somewhat difficult.
00:48>> As you’ll recall, we served the first shift in three groups
00:52>> to keep the lines moving.
00:53>> Unfortunately, the caterer was late last year,
00:56>> which caused us to go behind schedule.
00:59>> This gave the first lunch group only a few minutes
01:01>> to finish their food before they had to go back to work.
01:04>> And then the second lunch group was
01:05>> upset because the line was too long because they were still
01:08>> serving the first group.
01:11>> The third group complained because there
01:13>> were no good pieces of turkey, and there
01:16>> was no pecan pie left.
01:19>> Second shift employees complained
01:20>> that the executive staff didn’t serve the meal
01:24>> even though second lunch doesn’t even start until after 8:00 PM.
01:28>> They said this is because they aren’t as valued
01:30>> as the first shift.
01:32>> Someone even filed a grievance with the union.
01:35>> Now, we solved this by writing a formal explanation
01:38>> and an apology, but it was just really difficult to deal with.
01:43>> They are always complaining about something.
01:46>> I’m sick of it.
01:47>> Never any gratitude for what this company
01:49>> does for its employees.
01:50>> Do you know how much this costs every year?
01:53>> And so I’ve decided we’re not going to do it this year.
01:58>> Slow down, now.
02:00>> I’m not getting rid of Thanksgiving entirely,
02:02>> but I have come up with something
02:04>> that I think will work.
02:07>> Caitlin, please explain.
02:10>> Despite last year’s problems, we don’t want to simply eliminate
02:13>> the tradition.
02:14>> So instead of having a catered meal,
02:16>> we’ve decided to give a turkey to every employee.
02:19>> According to accounting, this will save a lot of money
02:23>> and also demonstrate our thanks to our employees.
02:27>> That’s a great idea.
02:28>> Everyone loves turkey.
02:30>> Caitlin, now why don’t you tell them the rest?
02:32>> I have a feeling they might not be so enthusiastic.
02:37>> I’m sure you’ll all agree that a key to our continued success
02:41>> is the strong, positive corporate culture that we’ve
02:44>> been able to develop and maintain.
02:46>> And some of you may not realize this,
02:48>> but that’s due to the connection you’ve
02:49>> been able to establish with your employees
02:52>> and how you foster a sense of teamwork
02:54>> within your departments.
02:55>> That’s why Terry– um, we– decided that each one of you
03:02>> should hand deliver your turkey to your employees
03:04>> and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.
03:07>> Look, Caitlin, I understand where
03:10>> you’re coming from on this, but wouldn’t it
03:12>> be more practical to let people pick up their turkeys
03:14>> in the cafeteria as they leave?
03:16>> I mean, you only have, what?
03:19>> A dozen people in HR?
03:21>> so it would only take you about 10 minutes to hand out turkeys.
03:24>> I have 150 employees on the first shift alone and 80
03:29>> more on the second shift.
03:30>> Do you realize how much time it will
03:32>> be to deliver that many turkeys to everyone?
03:35>> Stan, I know you might not be happy about this,
03:38>> but I’m going to defer to Caitlin’s judgement on this.
03:40>> She is the HR pro here, and she seems
03:42>> to feel this is the way to go.
03:45>> I won’t even be in town that day.
03:46>> And what about vegetarians?
03:48>> I doubt that they’re going to want turkey in the first place.
03:51>> Has anyone even thought about the logistics of this thing?
03:55>> I mean, where are we going to keep hundreds of frozen turkeys
03:59>> while we hand these things out?
04:01>> And what do we do when someone’s not here that day,
04:03>> if they’re on vacation or they’re sick?
04:06>> And who wants a frozen turkey on the day before Thanksgiving?
04:09>> Can’t we just give them gift certificates?
04:12>> That way they could go and–
04:13>> All right, that’s enough.
04:15>> Let’s cut through all this right now.
04:17>> First of all, the decision has been made.
04:19>> It’s not up for discussion.
04:21>> I’m not interested in your lame excuses.
04:24>> If you don’t like it, I suggest you
04:25>> start working on your resumes.
04:27>> Furthermore, I better see everyone
04:29>> passing out turkeys on Thanksgiving.
04:32>> Otherwise, don’t come back after Thanksgiving.
04:35>> Any questions?
04:40>> Then this meeting’s over.
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