‘Twas the time before Christmas

‘Twas the time before Christmas, when all through the place,
Not a person was stirring, not even a new face,
The training was frozen for this time of yule,
In hopes that appraisals would be kicked by the mule.

There was plans being nestled all up in their reports;
While holders of budgets danced in their shorts;
And the HRD in her ‘kerchief, and the FD in her cap,
Went and got merry to avoid any more crap,

When out in the business there arose such a clatter,
We jumped out of our seats and had a real natter,
Away to the intranet we hustled along,
To see this new thing of which there was no song,

Amazing to see all these people were using,
A new fangled tool which could cause a bruising,
When what to our sights did we behold,
That people were talking, all forward and bold,

They shared knowledge so lively and quick,
I fought the cynics from throwing a brick,
For fear they were no longer in a tower,
They dared to thrust a policy of power,

And the people fought back with their words,
Trust us, Oh Execs, and follow these hordes,
We’re going to show you a new world!
Just don’t sit there all curled!

They created and shared and amassed a wonder,
Leaving behind the naysayers and asunder,
So up to the rankings of the social sphere,
Attracting and retaining all those who saw clear,

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on Buzzfeed,
The prancing and pawing of our very own creed,
As I drew a breath and was scrolling down,
Was waiting for me a gift of a crown,

In came the reports of people doing well,
And all of us sat and thought ‘What the hell’,
We thought we could keep doing what we knew best,
Until we saw just what had been WordPressed,

Their eyes-how they twinkled! All these people, how merry!
They were learning and applying without any sherry!
Here they were getting together and LinkedIn,
And YouTubing each other without the network sinkin’,

Who knew that people would find a way,
To create their own content and not let it stray,
They were respectful and courteous of all of their parts,
Showing just how to be when we use all our smarts,

With communities together where they could chat and be great,
They learned how to stand on shoulders without a crate,
A wink of an eye, and a twist of a head,
Soon gave all to know there was nothing to dread,

For what came next was the gift of great to all,
When Twitter was freed along with the Facebook wall,
The IT guys were very happy,
That unto them no-one was being crappy,

They left for the holidays all with a real heart,
And away they all flew to grab a shopping cart,
But I heard them all share through their own might,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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