A Tale of Two Brothers
Once upon a time, there were two brothers.
Both were clever young men, and both worked at well-paying jobs for large companies.
Brother One worked at Flipperty-Jibbit, Inc., while Brother Two worked for the Sinkhole Widget Factory.
One day, both brothers received some terrible news. Their mother had been in an accident. Both brothers rushed over to the hospital to make sure she was being taken care of.
It turns out their mother had suffered a serious injury, and would have to remain in the hospital for several months. Both brothers wanted to stay with her as much as possible, but both also had to work for a living.
So once their mother was stable, they reluctantly returned to their jobs, to work as best they could. They would visit their Mother on evenings and weekends.
Now, you can probably imagine how difficult that first week was when Brother One and Brother Two were back at work.
I expect they were so worried about their Mom, they had a hard time concentrating on their tasks. They were probably often distracted.
In fact, it wouldn’t’ surprise me if at least one of them would often be found on the the verge of crying while sitting at their desk.
Now, both brother’s bosses knew about their mothers’ situation. And each boss provided guidance to each brother, in their own special way.
Brother One’s boss showed sympathy, and every day, asked how his mother was doing. Boss One went easy on Brother One, and did not expect him to work very hard that week.
Brother Two’s boss also showed sympathy on the first day. But on the 2nd day, Brother Two was reprimanded. Boss Two told Brother Two he had been chatting too much with another co-worker.
Brother Two was told that he was expected to work so many hours a day, minus lunch and two coffee breaks. Non-work-related chatting was discouraged. He was accused of distracting several co-workers, and was told that next time, he should tell the other co-worker to leave his office.
Now, let’s imagine how each brother felt after talking to their boss.
Brother One probably felt a teeny bit little less sad and worried. His boss probably helped made things a teeny bit better, in their own small way.
Brother Two, on the other hand, probably felt just as sad and worried as before, if not more so. His boss did not help things at all. In fact they probably made things worse.
Brother One probably felt a little bit more respect and loyalty or his company.
As for Brother Two… he probably didn’t know WHAT to think. But even if he did, I suspect it would have been some pretty harsh words, not suitable for children’s bed time stories.
The Moral of the Story is…well, there is none. This is just Life. Things happen.
But if you were one of the brothers, which boss and which company would YOU rather work for?
I know which one I would.