Supply and demand

When the office meeting was called this morning we all had a sinking feeling about it.

The boss did not seem happy and the email announcing the meeting was rather curt.

Many of us were speculating on who was being fired that day and the overall mood of the whole office was electrically charged. When the meeting time arrived we all slinked into out chairs and collectively held our breath waiting for it to start. As the boss started to speak it didn’t take long to realize what it was all about. The orders for the upcoming winter had started to roll in and they were nearly double what they were last year Now we were totally confused because instead of anyone getting fired we were all being offer overtime hours if we could work in the warehouse on the weekend. The boss wasn’t mad, he was stressed. We are one of the largest suppliers of HVAC equipment and parts on the East Coast. New home construction has been at an all time high this past year and HVAC dealers could not keep up with demand. They had increased their orders so that they would have back stock to meet the needs of the builders. This, along with just the regular amount that is needed for customers wanting to upgrade, meant that we needed to ship out orders faster than ever before. The boss said that anyone willing to work those extra hours would be paid time and a half for the shifts. Boy was that a huge relief to all of us.

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