My wife leaves her instant messaging client on all day while she’s working. No wonder it takes her 60 hours a week to get anything done. It doesn’t help matters that her ten-year-old niece periodically bombards her with interruptions. On the other hand, some of the transcripts are good enough to withstand the test of time:
Niece: I have a question.
Niece: How come you are coming Christmas Eve instead of a day earlier or something?????
Wife: because Uncle Derrick has to work
Wife: he can’t leave until Christmas eve
Wife: he works at a retail store, and during Christmas retail stores are filled with busy shoppers
Niece: he can work at our store
Wife: that isn’t how it works
Wife: he supports his store only
Wife: well, in these troubling economic times, one wants to make sure they keep their employer happy
Niece: they’re the same. aren’t they
Wife: no, not at all
Wife: well, for one thing, your store already has someone doing uncle derrick’s job
Niece: can’t they both work?
Wife: the company can only pay one of them at a time
Wife: and then who would do uncle derrick’s job at his store?
Wife: plus it wouldn’t be fair to all the people who depend on him at his own store
Wife: if there were problems, they’d be in trouble right before the holiday
Niece: how would they depend on him
Wife: he keeps the computers working, makes sure all the prices are right, and makes sure the cash registers work
Wife: so you see, it’s very important for him to be there on such busy shopping days
Wife: imagine if you went to the store and they said “sorry, we can’t sell you these things that you need because the computers aren’t working right now”
Wife: because Derrick decided to abandon us and go see his niece a day early
Niece: i would go to a different store
Wife: and then all the people who worked at his store would lose money because you bought things somewhere else
Wife: that’s not fair to his co-workers
Wife: they might get sent home early and not get paid since they couldn’t sell anything
Wife: and then they’d have to take back the Christmas presents they bought for their kids because they had no money
Niece: no they wouldn’t
Wife: yes, they would
Wife: they count on the money they get at Christmas time to make up for days that aren’t as busy
Wife: some day you’ll have a job, then you’ll understand
Niece: no I won’t
Niece: i am going to be a astronaut
Wife: an astronaut – so what would happen if one person didn’t show up for a launch?
Wife: the rest of them couldn’t go
Niece: yes they could
Wife: no, they couldn’t because each of them has a very important job to do
Niece: yes they could
Wife: not really – you need people to be able to help each other.
Wife: each person has their own skills and training. They work together and help each other
Wife: it’s called teamwork
Wife: A general dictionary defines teamwork as a “Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause, unison for a higher cause, people working together for a selfless purpose, and so on.” Applied to workplaces teamwork is a method that aligns employee mindsets in a cooperative and usually selfless manner, towards a specific business purpose. Today there is no business or organization that does not talk about the need and value of teamwork in the workplace.
Wife: In order for teamwork to succeed one must be a team player. A team player is one who subordinates personal aspirations and works in a coordinated effort with other members of a group, or team, in striving for a common goal. Businesses and other organizations often go to the effort of coordinating team building events in an attempt to get people to work as a team rather than as individuals
Wife: ok i have to go now, one of my teammates needs my help