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A friend of mine works in an office where they recently removed the company candy dish as a cost saving measure. Really. I didn’t believe her when I first heard it but they did and now her office is candy free.
I’m trying to wrap my mind around it but it seems so ridiculous to me. After all, she works in a small legal office. That candy dish probably costs about $10 per week to fill or $520 to fill it annually. It’s not like they were filling the dish with Godiva either. Hershey’s chocolate at Sam’s Club is not a massive expensive.
Could her company really be in a position where $10 a week is truly going to make or break them?
My guess is no but they are probably using these economic times as an excuse to get rid of something that annoyed someone, somewhere at some time.
The candy dish itself doesn’t really matter.
But now the ill will the quick removal of that candy dish has caused will matter.
The best part about it is that they probably couldn’t have gotten rid of the candy dish slowly, with no one being the wiser. Maybe take a little longer on Monday to refill it. Maybe downgrade the goodies on Wednesday. Maybe next week, you wait until someone asks to refill the dish. And each time, you take a little longer until one day the dish just disappears. Poof!
Who knows where the candy dish is? And if no one can remember, then you are in the clear.
Instead, my friend is trapped in an office where everyone is talking about the candy dish. And if they had to get rid of the candy dish, then what else will they be getting rid of? Will there be bonuses this year? Will there be a raise this year? Will there be (dun, dun, dun) layoffs this year?
And now her company has spent more than $10 this week on paranoid rumblings and rumors.
Maybe that’s the important lesson for business owners and management: your employees are on edge and they are looking for a sign. They want something to tell them that everything is going to be fine and they won’t need to worry about paying their mortgage or finding college tuition money for their kids or having their vacation fund. They are looking for hope in a snickers bar. To you, getting rid of a candy dish is not a big deal but to your employees, it may very well be a prophecy of the company’s coming economic success. If you need to make cuts, do it. But cut something that matters and let everyone enjoy the happiness that is their afternoon candy treat.