An English dialogue at a directors’ meeting.
Directors have met to discuss the fall in this year’s turnover.
1st DIR: Before we discuss the fall in this year’s turnover, there are a couple of points I’d like to go over. Firstly, I must thank John for fixing the computer system when it suddenly went off last week. His in-depth knowledge of computers has really come in handy. However, we can’t afford to let this happen again.
2nd DIR: I didn’t hear about this. What’s been going on?
1st DIR: We can’t afford the time to go into details now, but I think some of the staff were all having an off-day at the same time and all I’m saying is that we can’t go on like this.
3rd DIR: I think we’d be better oft without a few of them. I know it’s not always good policy to increase the turnover of staff, but if we want to reverse the downturn in trade we’ve been experiencing, we have to improve the quality of our staff.
2nd DIR: I wish somebody would tell me what all the fuss is about.
3rd DIR: Well, if you had turned up to our last three meetings, you’d have been aware of the stalemate we’ve reached.
2nd DIR: What on earth has come over you?
1st DIR: Now calm down! Wait a minute. I can hear the fire alarm going off. We’d better go over to the other office.