Boss: I can't give you a bonus this year because we paid too much to buy another company.
Dilbert: Are you saying my efforts and my rewards are no longer linked?
Boss: Noooo. I'm not saying anything like that. I'm just saying your compensation isn't influenced by your performance.
Dilbert: That's the same thing!
Boss: Teamwork means we all share the rewards and we all have to share the pain.
Dilbert: Does that mean management won't be getting bonuses either?
Boss: Now you've made it awkward.