They all stood around. There was an awkward silence that filled the room. Nobody was really sure of what to say or do other than drink the beer/wine that they were provided. Mostly because no one in the office ever actually talked/hung out outside of work.
Finally, the CEO walked up to the little stage that was set up in front of the view that had a beautiful view of downtown Charlotte. He gathered everyone around and proposed a toast. “Thank you all for being such great employees. It’s really been a great year. Thank you all for the hard work that you put in day in and day out,” he began. “But, and I’m sorry to say this, it hasn’t been good enough.”
They all looked at each other wondering what he meant. They all saw the reports, and they were absolutely crushing it at as a company.
“I know, this isn’t what you wanted to hear,” he said. “And I wish there was something that could be done to keep us operational, but we looked at every option and it looks like we’re going to have to shut it down.”
He ended his speech that they would all be awarded “generous” severance packages, and they would have to leave the grounds by the end of business that day.
Everyone pulled out their cell phones to call their spouses and/or parents to let them know that they had just been let go. As the CEO stepped away from the podium, his now former employees began to give him the single finger salute and decided that since they were being fired and there was booze, they might as well go out with a bang.
The drinks began to go down smoothly, which helped mask the pain of being fired during the holidays. One of the guys from IT had gone out to his car and grabbed the Bluetooth speaker that put on some 90s-grunge/2000s pop.
People started dancing, and conversations were being had with co-workers that they’d spoken to before. Paper work was all thrown all over the floor, and some were even having rolling chair races weaving their way through the cubicles.
As the party raged on, things began to get sloppy. The singles among them sought each other out in order to have the first and last hoo-rah in the office. It didn’t matter anymore since they’d all be fired. Someone from chick HR snuck off with the guy from accounting, and a guy from marketing found himself tangled up with the sneaky hot chick from IT.
Everything was a big mess by the time 5 pm rolled around. The booze ran dry and their sad reality began to set in. They were out of a job, they were drunk, and Christmas was next week.