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Shanghai Parable 1: A Company Divided Will Not Stand

Shanghai Parable 1: A Company Divided Will Not Stand

Once upon a time there was a large company doing business in Shanghai. This company was doing amazing work for the good of all people in the land. But some of the employees were given extravagant expat packages, while others were given a local salary with very small benefits.

At first everyone was happy, because they were all focused on doing amazing work for the good of all the people in the land. But then some of the expats began to complain, saying they didn’t have enough, not realizing how much they actually had. And then the locals found out about all the benefits they were not getting, and they began to grumble about the expats to anyone who would listen.

Soon everyone was complaining and grumbling and arguing. Before long, all the employees stopped doing the good work the company was known for. It became known as a place where everyone was unhappy.

Soon the company was so divided that it completely fell apart, and the owners had to let everyone go and close the doors. Not only did all the employees lose their jobs, but it created a huge hole in Shanghai, because the company was no longer around to do amazing work for the good of all people in the land.

When a company is divided, no one lives happily ever after.

 

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Story imagined by Heather Rose Chase
Header images designed by Dean Liaw