I loved watching the Micheal Jackson memorial service. So did millions of other Americans. Today, Michael Jackson's memorial service took priority over almost everything else in many workplaces. I was in a hospital gift shop and workers were out from behind the register and clustered around a small TV set in the back. In a nearby restaurant, the waitress alternated between taking orders and sneaking a peek at the TV set behind the counter.
When a celebrity passing is celebrated, it unites people in conversation and makes many bosses nuts. It interrupts the flow of getting work done, while forcing us to think about how certain people effect the world with their work. If you were surprised when your boss let you watch the service, you might be interested in knowing that some jerky bosses are going into hiding.
The Business of Management blogger writes that good fallout from the recession is that workplace jerks are lying low. "Jerks are annoying, but they aren’t stupid. They know that first-class nitwits make mouth-watering targets for human resource officers with layoff quotas. The office jerk has not disappeared. He is merely hiding in the hills. One day, he will come down from the mountains and wreak havoc again.”
So if you were able to get your work done and watch the service, if you were able to keep the office jerk at bay, more power to you. The service was a great tribute to the King of Pop. Indeed, it was a thriller.