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Monday, June 29, 2020

Idris Elba Took Your 401(k)

I just came across a dose of retirement-related reality that crept into an (indeed "The" ) Office over a decade ago.  During some economic hard times, the Dunder Mifflin crew were given a hard dose of reality.  None other than the "not unattractive"* Idris Elba's Charles Miner (sans British accent) stoically informed them: "[W]e are cutting three percent across the board, which means we will no longer be matching 401(k) contributions; and all overtime requests will need to come through the corporate office."**  Well, I guess that, if you're going to lose your 401(k) match and have your overtime pay cut back, you might as well be told by Idris Elba.
* . . . as Angela Kinsey's Angela Martin so informs.

 ** Research discloses that someone else with clearly too much time on her hands also noticed this loss of 401(k) benefits, although she did so in a much more timely fashion.

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