For a period of about two to three weeks there was no hot water at work because the boiler broke. There was a memo posted all around the building to advise everyone: on the building doors, in the lobby, in the elevators, at reception desk of every tenant, and every lunchroom and restroom (including the public ones). Building management supplied every bathroom and kitchen facility with huge, industrial bottles of disinfectant hand gel. The outtage was only supposed to last three days, but it was closer to three weeks before they got the new water heater installed.
We tend to have problems with one department’s staff not following instructions well. The problem can usually be tracked down to the fact that they don’t actually read instructions, emails, memos, posted signs etc. They evidently didn’t pay any attention to the reams of paper making up all the signs about no hot water either.
Some of them had prepared their resumes thinking they’d be out of work soon, because the rumour they’d circulated amongst themselves is that our company couldn’t afford to pay rent so the landlord shut the hot water off to punish us.
The company has been around for over 20 years and has always been in the black.