I've just come back from an emergency, mandatory meeting at the hospice office. There will be no pay increases for any staff members this year. My poor boss was nearly beside herself... dreading the potentially hostile reactions from the hospice staff.
After her announcement, no one even blinked. When she assured everyone that no layoffs would occur, the staff collectively relaxed and began expressing gratitude at keeping their beloved jobs during these difficult times.
As I was leaving the conference room I heard someone say, "I think we should have a party!". Yes, I would agree.