Luke Watkeys, Business Manager
What with just over a week to go until the holidays, we’re feeling suitably festive here at Real People HQ. In this spirit we’ve decided to create a modern day re-work of ‘A Christmas Carol’. So, get cosy by the fire with your box of After Eights, and enjoy.
One evening, Scrooge receives a chilling visitation from the ghost of his old business partner, Marley, who informs Scrooge that his business will fall into disrepair should he not change his ways. Marley explains that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights.
He wakes moments before the arrival of the Ghost of toxic-moaning, a strange childlike phantom with a brightly glowing head. The spirit escorts Scrooge on a journey into the past to situations by the water cooler in the office. Invisible to those he watches, Scrooge sees his staff moaning constantly and barely doing any work. He sees opportunities in which he could have stepped in and resolved the situation. Scrooge sheds tears of regret before the phantom returns him to his bed.
Next the Ghost of underpayment, a majestic giant clad in a green fur robe, takes Scrooge through London to unveil Christmas as it will happen that year. Scrooge watches his staff prepare a miniature feast in their meagre homes, wishing that they were being paid fairly for the work that they did. Scrooge then notices a dark, hooded figure coming toward him.
The Ghost of poor culture to come leads Scrooge through a sequence of mysterious scenes. Scrooge sees underperformance, high-sickness levels, and poor timekeeping. After pleading with the ghost, Scrooge finds himself next to a headstone and is shocked to read his own company’s name. He desperately implores the spirit to alter his fate, promising to renounce his poor management and insensitive ways. Whoosh! He suddenly finds himself safely tucked in his bed.
Overwhelmed with joy by the chance to redeem himself and grateful that he has been returned to the present day, Scrooge rushes out onto the street hoping to share his newfound Christmas spirit. He attends the staff Christmas party where he vows to become a great leader and manager to his staff. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and leads the organisation with all his heart.