(1). That anxiety-inducing term every department faces at comp time. Will it go up? Will it go down? Did we hit our numbers? Where am I on the performance chart this year? Yikes!
“So, team, unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to reduce headcount this year by at least two. The good news is, no one likes Larry and Monica, so they’re out. The bad news is … Larry, Monica, can you please see my in my office after this meeting? Thanks a bunch.”
“Dude, Mike is really behind the eight ball this week. He’s got three client meetings, two presentations and a date with the hot chick in Accounting who thinks he’s the V.P. in charge of Marketing…which he’s not.”