had an insatiable work ethic. He was known to put in long hours at the office.
He usually arrived at work before 7:00 a.m. and did not return home until 7:00
p.m. on most evenings.
of keeping this grueling schedule, Matthew’s health began to take a toll on
him. He was having trouble sleeping at night and keeping food on his stomach.
His doctor diagnosed him with high blood pressure. Matthew began missing work
on a regular basis, taking days off, calling into work sick. At times, he was
so exhausted that he couldn’t get out of bed in the morning.
In Matthews's absence from work, Barnabas began running
the department. Everything began to run through him, key phone calls, memos,
and projects. He also took it upon himself to run the department meetings.
relationships with key employees, taking them out to lunch and/or just sitting
around bantering whenever time permitted. He allowed the employees to come and
go as they pleased, telling them that he would cover for them if need be.
Barnabas also began cultivating
relationships with Mathew’s boss. Whenever he was in his presence, Barnabas
made a point to speak to him. Once, when Matthew’s boss asked Barnabas how
things were going, Barnabas responded that he was busy because Matthew was away
from the office, and he, Matthew, was having to pick-up the slack. Pretty soon,
Matthew’s boss began to confide in Barnabas more and more.
When Matthew was at work, and he ran the division meetings, Barnabas
sat at the opposite end of the conference table and laughed and joked with a
few of the employees while Matthew was talking. Matthew never said a word but
it was obvious to some employees that it was disrespectful.
Barnabas was a sociable person, unlike Matthew.
After work, Barnabas loved to frequent many of the local hotspots and
oftentimes invite employees to go with him.
One night after a few beers, Barnabas was overheard by a couple of
employees that he could run the department a lot better than Matthew.
Soon, Matthew's mental
exhaustion began to take more of a physical toll on his body. His doctor
ordered him to stay at home. When things did not get better, Matthew was placed
in the hospital for a full week.