YOU’VE BEEN gainfully employed for seven years, performing your duties and responsibilities to the best of your ability. The positive evaluations throughout the years confirm this and have anchored your job security… or so you think. You’ve attended every boring social and professional office function, even if just to stay within the good graces of the powers-that-be. It has never dawned on you that you would get the dreaded interoffice phone call from the boss asking, “Do you have a moment for me?” Even though you have about a zillion things to do, you answer in your most polite yet fragile voice, “Of course I do” and you scurry your way into her office while rehearsing how to remain cool, calm, and collected.
“Maybe I’m getting promoted?” you whisper to yourself while your heart is pumping at 80 beats per second. You knock lightly, and the familiar voice ushers you inside; as you enter, the gaze in the boss’s eye