Master Fezziwig Knew How to Celebrate Employees
Borne there by the Spirit of Christmas-Past the scene opens: It is Christmas once more and Scrooge is standing outside the warehouse where once he was an apprentice. They go inside and Scrooge is delighted to find his former boss – Mr Fezziwig.
Mr Fezziwig is instructing a young Scrooge and his fellow apprentice, Dick, to ready the premises for their annual Christmas party.
The scene fills as in come a fiddler, Mrs Fezziwig, all the other Fezziwigs together with all the employees.
They enjoy music and dancing and when finally the joyous evening comes to a close Scrooge is forced to reflect on his own treatment as an employer regarding his staff.
In contrast to Fezziwig, who treated his employees with generosity and kindness, Scrooge regarded his employee with a particular mean-spiritedness of the cold hearted businessmen that he was. For Scrooge it was always profit over people and the only thing that mattered in his personal and professional life was his bottom line. Scrooge was hard on himself and, therefore, hard on others. It’s a general rule of thumb that one cannot treat others differently than one treats one’s Self. Scrooge was one who lived on the very edge of his own heart. He was a stingy man, a perfect misanthrope and it cost him greatly in terms of his relationships. In contrast, to Scrooge, Fezziwig symbolizes all that Scrooge is not. Fezziwig was lavishly generous and his great generosity was life giving and in a manner that liberated the very spirit of those who worked for him. Fezziwig, it might be argued, fostered a corporate structure of significance in which those on the lowest rung of the business ladder were celebrated together with those at the very top and made to feel significant. Generosity was a characteristic of Fezziwig it was not something he tagged on for profit, rather, it part of the very fabric of his being and lived out in his business dealings. As Dale Partridge has saidand that's the bottom line that even Scrooge could accept.