Last year I wrote this overview of conditions at the North Pole. This year, we'd like to invite the community to examine the dilemmas that face that very unique enterprise as it goes about its business.
I'll start off with 15 days until Christmas Eve - please feel free to give your thoughts as to how each day might look.
15 Days to go
We are well behind track at the factory and we are struggling to make up time. We've had 17 elves off sick with a variant of the flu that appears to be strongly linked to our communication of the revised incentive structure.
The recent currency fluctuations, due to Lapxit, mean that there is a general degree of nervousness and some tension in the workshop and we've had to revise our projections accordingly. We are also having to deal with rumours we will be shifting to the South Pole as a result.
The reindeer are debating the contract status and asking to be regarded as employees, but from our point of view we only need them for one night a year and don't really want to have to provide them with the same benefits as Patch the Master Builder, who represents the top notch of our knowledge work.
It's tougher than last year - we are doing more with less hence the issues with not being able to provide enough hatchimals - but I'm hoping the new Mission Statement ('Always be fully presents') will hope motivate the troops. Can you help continue the story...?