Radical Care: a Human Resource

Peterson Toscano / 5 min read / Cli-Fi Imaginarium
19 February 2024

By Peterson Toscano

Video script from Acme Emergency Shelter Suppliers

Series Title: Acme Managers Leading the Charge in Workplace Well-being

Recorded on November 12, 2062

[Fade in from black. We see a serene workspace with lush green plants, nap pods, soft ambient lighting, and employees engaging in various relaxation activities like meditation and light stretching. Soft, uplifting music plays in the background. The logo of “Acme Emergency Shelter Suppliers” fades in, accompanied by the tagline: “Where Radical Care Begins”.]

Narrator (Voiceover – VO): “Welcome to Acme Emergency Shelter Suppliers. As pioneers in the field of emergency shelters, we understand the critical role of care, not just for those we serve, but also for those who serve—our invaluable team.”

[Cut to a diverse group of employees sharing a laugh in a collaborative workspace, and then a shot of a manager guiding a team member in a calm, supportive manner.]

Narrator (VO): “As new managers, you are not just leaders of tasks, but also stewards of well-being. Our ethos is built on the bedrock of radical care—a principle that transcends business and delves deep into human value.”

[Cut to an interior shot of a peaceful rest zone. We see an employee reclining in a nap pod, another in a meditation space, and a few enjoying a calming tea in a relaxation lounge.]

Narrator (VO): “In a world where the pace is ever-increasing, we stand apart. We champion the balance between work and rest, understanding that to give our best, we must feel our best.”

[Cut to close-ups of company policies, emphasizing rest and relaxation. We also catch glimpses of legal documents pertaining to mandatory rest regulations.]

Narrator (VO): “Our commitment isn’t just philosophical—it’s legal and foundational. Acme Emergency Shelter Suppliers adheres to the highest standards of rest and relaxation, mandated by law and elevated by our own commitment.”

[Cut to a warm, inviting shot of an HR representative. She looks approachable, trustworthy, and understanding.]

HR representative: “Hi, I’m Linda from the Human Resources team. Our journey together will delve into the intricacies of our rest and relaxation policies, both from a legal standpoint and our organizational commitment.”

[Linda gestures towards a digital display behind her, which showcases the outline of the training module.]

HR representative: “From understanding the law to championing our unique company culture of radical care, this training is designed to equip you, our new managers, with the tools and insights to lead with empathy, care, and compliance.”

[Fade to black, and the words “Module 1: The Foundation of Rest & Relaxation” appear on the screen, signaling the start of the training session.]

[Fade to white, and the words “Module 2: Dedicated Employee who is Reluctant to Rest” appear on the screen, signaling the start of the training session.]

[Cut to a scene of a busy office space. All employees are visibly engaged in their tasks. We focus on one individual, Alex, who’s diligently working at their desk, skipping relaxation breaks, and overlooking the rest zones. The ambient office clock shows passing hours as day transitions to night.]

Narrator (VO): “Meet Alex. Passionate, dedicated, and deeply committed to our mission. But like many, Alex sometimes forgets an essential part of the process: Rest.”

[Cut to a concerned colleague approaching Alex, offering them a cup of tea and pointing towards the rest zone. Alex nods, smiles, but continues working.]

Narrator (VO): “In a world where we champion the balance between work and rest, it may seem unusual, but there are those who might resist taking a break.”

[Cut to a meeting room. The HR representative, Linda, sits across from Alex. The environment is calm, non-confrontational, and supportive.]

Linda: “Alex, your dedication is truly commendable. But here at Acme Emergency Shelter Suppliers, we believe in the power of rejuvenation. Remember, taking time for yourself isn’t just for you—it benefits the team and our beneficiaries.”

Alex: “I just want to give my best, Linda.”

Linda: “And you can! But think of rest as a tool, not a hindrance. It’s a part of your toolkit to give that 100%.”

[Cut to graphics displaying a cyclist on a worn out bike. Cyclist is sweating and out of breath, then contrasted with a well oiled, shiny bike with a cyclist who is relaxed and smiling.]

Narrator (VO): “Just as a bicycle and cyclist can’t run indefinitely without maintenance and breaks, neither can we. Ignoring rest isn’t just about personal well-being—it can impact team dynamics, productivity, and even our mission.”

[Back to the meeting room.]

Linda: “Our commitment to radical care includes everyone—especially those who care deeply, like you. The mandatory rest isn’t just a legal requirement; it’s our shared responsibility.”

[Scene transition to Alex, now engaging in various relaxation activities—a short nap, meditation, and even enjoying a hobby in the relaxation lounge. We see visible improvement in their mood, interactions, and productivity.]

Narrator (VO): “By embracing rest, not only do we honor our personal well-being, but we also fortify our collective strength, ensuring Acme’s mission thrives.”

[Cut to Linda with a concluding note.]

Linda: “As managers, it’s essential to recognize, address, and support all members of our team. Sometimes, care means encouraging rest. Together, let’s ensure Acme remains a beacon of balance and radical care.”

Narrator (VO): “Let’s embark on this journey together, forging a future where care is at the heart of all we do. Welcome to Acme Emergency Shelter Suppliers.” 

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