Corporate Man is called in to investigate reports of vile, unethical business practices at Great American Business Company. What he finds there just might destroy him (except we all know the ending to The Tragic Death of Corporate Man so it should be fairly obvious that it can't really destroy him, though it can come close).
Enslaved by the Bonus Whores is an all new Corporate Man Adventure Serial. Chapters will post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The bosslady was smiling. Not that forced smile she usually used on her subordinates, but one of genuine pleasure. She loved doing this. She loved serving them what was basically a shit sandwich and presenting it as though she was doing them a favor.
She gathered them in her office to introduce their new supervisor. A man who would probably eliminate the positions of more than a few of them.
“Everyone. I’m very excited to introduce you to your new supervisor, Donald Jackson,” she said. Then she clapped and encouraged applause from the vermin as well. When they reluctantly joined her she cut back in. “He’s going to do great things here at Good American Business Company. We’re growing and he’s just the man to get us through the coming transition from a small regional business to a national corporation.”
She instigated more applause and then said, “Donald?”
Donald Jackson cleared his throat, huge white-toothed grin on his face, and said, “What a great place. Just awesome. It really feels like a family here. Everyone seems to care about everyone. And that’s the most important thing, I think. That’s what I want to preserve as we grow and that’s part of what I’ve been hired to do. The other part of my job is to take advantage of growth opportunities and take this place national. We’ve got a chance to crush it, people. And I think we can. No. I’m confident… that we will.”
The bosslady led the claps again.
“I hope you’ll bear with me in the coming weeks as I settle in. I’m going to sit with each of you so I can see what it is you do and, together, we’ll look for ways you can do it better. I’m really excited. I hope you are too.”
Inside, the bosslady was giddy. Her rats, these vermin, these absolute parasites were eating it up. They were eating up the shit Donald was shoveling. All but a few at least. She glanced around and took note of the lowlife workers who were smiling, but not with their eyes. They were the ones she’d set Mr. Jackson on first.
“Alright,” she said. “Meeting over. Feel free to visit with Donald for few minutes and then get back to your stations. If you need me, I’ll be in my office. I’ve got a lot of work to do, but as you know, my door is always open.”
She loved saying that. The open door thing. She made it a habit to close her door frequently to confuse them.
When she got back to her desk there was an e-mail waiting for her. The subject line read: re: Employee Diaper Proposal.
The body of the e-mail had a two line response: Sounds great. Double check the numbers and submit them for final approval.