‘So you see yourself taking up more responsibility over the next couple of years?’
‘Are you sure you will stay here that long?’
‘What about a sense of belonging?’
‘A sense of what?’
‘You know, belonging. I think it is very important for you.’
‘Err…yes, yes off course. I totally belong here.’
You never took HS to be so perceptive or even coherent. And here he is reading your thoughts!
But hold that thought!
…You should have been tipped off a long time ago. You’re naiveté astounds you. What were you thinking filling up that survey? You should have known when the website’s masthead read ‘Survey Monkey’. But you kept clicking any way, you conformist Primate! Now they have made a monkey out of you!
‘…I certainly hope you mean what you are saying,’ HS goes on in an ‘I know what you did last summer’ tone. The mix of anger, frustration and entrapment you are feeling right now is hard to mask. You should probably have a name for this feeling for you experience it way too often.
‘Absolutely Sir,’ you gurgle through your rage-choked throat.
‘…Alright then…Oh could you take this form, it is a leadership survey assessing top management. Fill it and give it to my secretary.’
You raise your eyebrows as if to say, ‘Really?’
‘It is confidential,’ he waves you off.
‘Off course,’ you say almost laughing at the sham.
If yes men are what they want, you won’t let them hear an honest neigh again, that is the least they deserve. If you wanted to be a non-conformist, you would not have been in formals in the first place.