THINK OF IT AS BEING IN A SORT OF CULT; You come to work and remain within your boundaries; you get your assignment and go about your business with the utmost loyalty to the company; The Firm; you don't dare deviate the least from your work at hand; remember, you work for FOX, you are in the process of being deprogrammed and you don't even know it--they (management) like it that way, after all, when you've become Foxified, you have sealed the deal. Now, you're one of us.
Foxified, what does that mean, what does that entail, how does one know they've become certified into the club known as a FOX station? Foxiification, the actual process itself is layers upon layers of deprogramming. It involves numerous literal and figurative actions. Once you foxite, you become mum to the rest of the public, including your own family and friends. You are totally beholden to the Firm, er, company. You smile even when the camera is off and headed to the break room. You bring cakes and cookies for the staff in the early wee hours of the morning. In turn, you get smile widgets from the interns, future Foxites. You display a sincere, new look and passionate stare at the lady in the 49ers jersey who happens to be a guest on the roundtable even if there's a big fire going on in Santa Rosa.
You are never allowed to talk, not to even close friends or associates. You even think of gossiping --harmlessly, you fear the wrath of the big boss. He's head of The Firm. Cross him and you might as well gather your things and have a cold one at Overland updating your resume. SMILE hard, harder, faster. Dress yourself right too. Be happy even if you're sad around the suits and skirts. Tell the ND how "great" she is even if she's not always great. Compliment the GM and tell him "this job is more important than my family!" But don't stop there. Tell him you always value being a "team player" and that even if it meant posting sweet nothings about your family on Facebook, you'll do it. You almost have to because if you're a team player, then you'll do whatever it takes. Remember, too, to always keep that smile going.
Don't forget also when your work is done and you retreat for home to maintain your demeanor --there's plenty of time later on in life when you either get fired, quit, retire, to go back to civilian life and live again. Not now, because as a Foxified employee, you're committed to one thing and one thing only, your work and your boss. SMILE. Be creative. This doesn't have to be a chore, remember you're a TEAM PLAYER. SMILE. Talk like a pirate. And be sure to ask a lot of questions even if the questions make no sense. Give cookies and chocolates to the young staff --they like that. They ADORE your smile plus you'll get brownie points from the boss because, in essence, you are programming future members of the Foxite club, how cool is that?! Don't lose the steam, go post something about this on Facebook. Immediately! And don't forget to SMILE!