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Fernando: I was thinking of dividing up two of the larger offices into four smaller offices. What do you think about that?
Petra: Well, it seems to me that doing that would only solve part of the problem. Have you considered converting the conference room into offices?
Fernando: I'm not sure that will work. We don't have another meeting space if we do that. What are your thoughts on turning the coffee room into one large office with cubicles?
Petra: In my opinion, that's not going to be a very popular solution.
Fernando: The way I see it, there are no easy solutions and that may be the best one. Do you have any other suggestions?
Petra: No, none that would really work. In my opinion, the only solution is to divide up the executive offices. But, I know, I know. That's not going to happen. My suggestion is to ask a few more of the old employees. Maybe they'll think of something.
Fernando: I think you're right. It's not going to be an easy decision and I can use all the help I can get.
Grace: Did you already pay the bills for this month?
Will: No, I haven't gotten around to it yet. Why?
Grace: We got a late notice from the credit card company. The notice says that they haven't received the payment yet and it's past the due date. We are being charged a late fee plus a finance charge of 15%.
Will: Let me see that. That can't be right. I paid the minimum payment on the last bill. I better call and talk to customer service tomorrow. I'm sure it's a mix-up.
Grace: I really hope so. The last time we were late with the payment, I tried calling them and telling them that the check was in the mail, but they didn't buy it.
Will: That's different. Don’t worry about it. I'm sure I'll get it straightened out. Worse comes to worst, we're only a month late. They won't send the collection agency after us.
Grace: I know I can count on you to take care of it. I just don't want this late payment to affect our credit rating.
Will: Leave it to me. I'll take care of it on Monday. It's as good as done.
Sharon: So, Leo, how are the plans coming along for the company retreat?
Leo: I’ve made most of the arrangements and I think it’s going well. I’m planning to send out information about the two-day event to the managers at the end of this week.
Sharon: What do you have set up for the opening day? There’s normally a welcome dinner.
Leo: That’s what I have arranged. Then, for the following day, I’ve lined up several speakers and panels to talk about productivity, teamwork, and the other topics we discussed.
Sharon: Good. What about recreation? We don’t want it to be all work and no play.
Leo: The hotel where we’re holding the retreat this year has golf and water sports. I don’t think the managers will be bored.
Sharon: Well, it sounds like you have it all under control. Keep up the good work.