Boss: Sure, come on in. What can I do for you?
Employee: Well sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years.
Boss: Yes. So?
Employee: I won't beat around the bush. Sir, I would like a raise. I currently have four companies who would like to have me, so I decided to talk to you first.
Boss: Hmmm... I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time.
Employee: I understand your position, and I know that the current economic down turn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also take into consideration my hard work, pro-activeness and loyalty to this company for over a decade. Besides, the other companies are pestering me.
Boss: Taking into account these factors, and considering I don't want to start a brain drain, I'm willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an extra five days of vacation time. How does that sound?
Employee: Great! It's a deal Sir. Thank you !
Boss: Before you go, just out of curiosity, what are the companies that would like to have you?
Employee: Oh, the Power Company, Gas Company, Water Company and the Credit Card Company.
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