United in our dislike of Cara, we discuss her during every lunch break. The way she giggles at the boss’s lame jokes. Tosses her hair. Gives him that look. (No wonder the boss schedules so many lunchtime ‘meetings.’) The company handbook clearly states that romantic relationships between team members and management are prohibited. We follow the rules. Why doesn’t she? We decide to report her to HR. That’ll teach her! But before we get the chance, the boss calls her into his office. He yells. She quits. After that, we don’t talk about Cara anymore. We’re too busy badmouthing the boss.
By Lori Cramer