Jack dreads this week’s upcoming staff meeting. The agenda includes finalizing team shirts. While he has nothing against company swag — and getting to wear the tee with jeans each Friday would be a nice change of pace — he fears he will be stuck trying to squeeze his large frame into clothing that does not fit. If the organization is trying to promote a sense of belonging, he thinks, this initiative is a failure.
As expected, Jack’s manager presents the design that received the most staff votes. Then, however, she does something Jack never expected. She hands out forms on which people are to write their name and circle the size shirt they would like. The choices go well beyond the usual range of small to extra large. Jack can choose a 4X as easily as the coworker next to him can opt for a medium.
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