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HR people are even worse. We had to do lot's of terminations/layoffs over the years.
The HR folks used terms like transitions, value recapture, rightsizing, downsizing, you name it. It was as though they were afraid to call it what it was.
For the poor employee at the opposite side of the table it only meant one thing...'your ass is fired outta here'.
I think they used these terms to make it easier on themselves. I always made the point that I thought that we should no make letting someone go 'easy' on ourselves. It may be necessary but we were probably initiated a great deal of problems for many families.
I also had HR folks banging at the door insisting that we did not have a high enough proportion of female emplyoyees in our group and that our next hires should reflect this. They did not like it when I pointed out we hired on merit and that their own HR department consisted of female employees. They seemed to resent my asking what they were doing to address this imbalance. At least it got them out of my hair until the next fire drill.
I get annoyed when they say "The xxx is up yyy points".
While this is certainly correct, unless you follow finance closely it's difficult to know that the S&P being up 10 points is more impressive than the DOW being up 50 points.
I which they would just talk percentages.
I hear the percent, and I'm still annoyed because they don't give a last 30 days percent. If I produced a show, I'd have the last 30 days and maybe the last 365 days percent. Of course that would be boring and no one would listen
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