Canaries are called sentinel species. Your organization is an ecosystem as well. And you too have sentinel species. You may not know it. You may not have identified them yet. But they are there.
It is really difficult dealing with Narcissistic Weasels because they don’t care about you, the project, the good of the company, or anybody but themselves, power, control, and accolades. But there are some ways to manage Weasels.
You’ve rolled out of bed at some point in your life to dark thoughts about dealing with someone at work that is making your life a living hell. 10% of the time, it could be because you’re dealing with someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
If your company is short on funds this year, take the money you would have spent on a party and give it to the employees. There is nothing more demoralizing than going to a fancy lunch to learn there won’t be holiday bonuses this year.