Mike has been the finest sanitation engineer the City of NY has ever known. In his 50 years of service, Mike kept his streets spotless. His trash cans were always in perfect alignment. Everyone who worked with Mike knew that no one could do the job any better than Mike.
Unfortunately Mike is getting on in years and he is slowing down. His enthusiasm for the job is starting to wax thin. He sometimes gets tired and must stay in the truck and let others do the heavy lifting. But, there are days when he is in rare form and as spry and good at his job as any twenty year old.
Mike's boss wants Mike to retire. He only sees the side of Mike that is old and tired. But, Mike's boss also knows that Mike has seniority in the job and it will be no easy feat getting Mike to leave.
Keeping the city clean is the ultimate goal of Mike's boss. He loves his job and is always striving to do his best. He wants to do something about Mike. But, what to do?
Should he hide in the back of the garbage truck and watch as Mike goes on his daily rounds?
Should he inspect the trash cans for unwarranted dents after Mike has picked up the trash?
Should he take out his level to check the alignment of the cans?
Or, should he talk to Mike, find out what is going on? Should he give Mike the respect his 50 years of service has earned him?
I know what I would do if I were Mike's supervisor and that is one of the reasons I will never be a supervisor.