Today started out like any other Wednesday morning, I got up and drove close to an hour to the office. I parked my car and walked up to the office to turn everything on; lights, copiers and some electronic equipment before I walked into my little office that overlooks my department. Like any other day, I check my inbox and start reading email, along with looking over all of the paperwork that's on my desk. In my inbox with all of the other mail I need to answer and the usual spam, I see an email from my boss, the company division manager. The subject is: Attention all department managers and division supervisors, MTG TODAY AT 10:30. It reads "Attention all department managers and division supervisors, there will be a mandatory meeting. All Mangers need to be seated at the conference table by 10:00 and all supervisors need to be standing around the table by 10:30 when the doors will be closed and locked for the meeting.
I have to say that after reading that email, I started getting a little worried about my job and the possibility that me or some of my employees could be laid off at this meeting. I knew from the newspaper and online there have been several companies that have eliminated jobs using meeting like this. It is just that I don't want to tell anyone in my department that their job is going away. I can't see what is so important that the supervisors are ordered to attend and what is so important that we just can't wait to talk about it on Monday at our regular meeting.
Looking at the wall clock and I see that I still have time to get some stuff done on my desk before I have to go to this unexpected meeting. So I answered some of the email that I flagged earlier to take action on and did some other important paperwork that was scattered on my desk. I have to say that sometimes I hate timers. While I was looking at the department report, my popup reminder that I need to get to the meeting came up. It is now 9:49 so I started to make my way out of the office to the meeting to see what is so important. Once I got to the conference room I sat down next to my friend Annette. Neither of us knew anything about the meeting or what is going too talked about. Talk about clueless!
Over the next 30 minutes, I saw all of the rest of the department managers sitting down in the chairs and the place was filling up with most if not all of the supervisors in the division. Before long, with all the people behind my chair, I could feel my chair being pushed into the table.
Then just about 10:30, our boss, Mr. James Wood, the company division manager for The Technology and Research Division, walked into the conference room, up to the podium and started speaking. "I do want to make all of the supervisors that are here in this room welcome for attending this meeting and to all the managers that are sitting down, I want to welcome you all here as well. Now, before I started talking about the reason that I have asked for all to be here, I need to let all of you know that I will not be terminating any jobs at this division today, so you all can relax.
"The reason that I have asked for you all to be at this meeting is that the entire company has decided to make some drastic changes in the company's dress code. The new changes are reflections of the changing times, where the old stigmas about clothes are going away and the country as a whole is starting to venture out into public places with little or no clothes with little or no objection from others.
"Now about the new dress code for the company and for this division, the company directors have decided on adopting it immediately after it is passed down to the employees. Now if everyone will look at the overhead projection please. There on the overhead projection, was a video from the CEO of ACNE Corporation, Jill Mathis.
On the overhead projection, she welcomed all of the managers and supervisors to this meeting again. "I have asked for you all to attend this meeting to talk about the new dress code the company has decided to adopt for all employees. The new dress code will be different for managers and above from the dress code for all supervisors and below.
"The new dress code for all supervisors and below will be clothing optional and the new dress code for all managers and above will be complete nudity at all times within and outside the company.
"Now for the dress code for all supervisors and below, I strongly encourages that each and every one of you take the opportunity to work in our company unclothed or partially unclothed here and keep that clothing option outside the work spaces when you are not at work. Plus, I encourage all of the supervisors to remove your clothes while you are telling the employees about the new dress code or to be completely unclothed when you enter the area to pass on the information.
"And now to the new dress code for all managers and above, the new dress code for all managerial positions above supervisor will be complete nudity at all times, regardless of whether you are at the company or not (we then all started watching our CEO, then take off her suit, blouse and slacks). I know that this dress policy is kind of extreme to require that all of the managerial employees are totally unclothed at and off the work place but that is what has been decided. And to implement this policy, before all the managers and directors depart this room, I have requested that all the clothing of the managers and directors be collected and discarded.
"Now thank you all for attending this meeting and I am looking forward to meeting you all again in the future. Enjoy the rest of your week. Thanks again for attending. And the screen went blank.
Once the lights were back on, I see that the director is completely naked and I know that I will be before I leave the room. I just cannot believe that I have to give up my clothes here in the conference room and that I will have to walk out of here, go to lunch and go home naked. The director went back up to the podium, and said, "As you all know the new dress code will encourage all employees here to be getting more comfortable with their body by going out into public without any clothes on and to work unclothed."
"And now for the managers, under this new dress code you are required to be totally unclothed whenever and wherever you are. The company cannot force you to totally undress if you do not want to but if you decide that you do not want to adopt the new dress code for managers, you can resign your position and apply for a supervisor position within the division or at any of the other divisions around the country or you can resign your position immediately after this meeting. If you do decide to resign your position, the company will offer you double the normal separation pay or a total of six months. And this offer will be available for anyone who decides to resign their position prior to Friday of next week.