"Stress Ball" by Mike Pihlman
Boss was a stress ball. Unfortunately, Boss also stressed out everyone else.
Tom does not like stress. Neither does anyone else.
Despite numerous attempts to relieve Boss’s stress, Tom, and the others, were out of ideas. Nothing worked: Pizza and beer lunches ended with stress, jokes ended with stress, experts brought in to discuss stress relief ended with more stress than ever.
Stressed out Boss fired people in a rage, review time was dreaded, raises dwindled to nothing.
Boss was a stressed out tyrant.
For Christmas, Boss received a stress ball. “Squeezing a ball cannot relieve MY stress” Boss said, as the ball was placed aside.
On a particularly stressful day (mostly of Boss’s making) Boss squeezed the stress ball.
No more stress. Tom smiled.
Copyright Mike “TracyReaderDad” Pihlman This is a work of fiction and the fourth or fifth (I need to count) in the “Off Your Boss” series.