Thursday, October 07, 2010

Your Business-Speak Example of the Day V

"Furthermore, the continuation of delayering of the current organization and the clarification of roles and responsibilities will allow us to focus our technical skills at the right areas and will substantially increase our market and customer orientation."

Translation: Deadwood and useless management will be fired, so the people doing real work and customer service can get back to doing so.


Blogger Inner Prop said...

Yes, that's what they want you to think, but you must read between the lines.

Our stockholders think we have to do something so we're going to call it delayering and we are going to make the cheapest headcount now do twice the work with less management that has even less than the poor training we gave them before, and we're going to make it look positive and proactive. And we are going to let retirees just drift off, without some cogent plan to capture the corporate tribal knowlege that is draining away.

Of course, your results may vary.

7:38 AM  
Blogger LTC John said...

I know the company that this came from - they had one round of cuts of deadwood already... another one coming. They prefer to have well trained and hard working peons with few managers over them - cheaper that way.

7:46 AM  
Blogger LTC John said...

Oh, and they have really angry and miserable stockholders who demand huge dividends... One of their execs described a shareholder annual meeting, and I think he was starting to shkae and sweat while doing so.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Trouble is, in winter, it all looks like dead wood.

5:06 PM  
Blogger LTC John said...

I'd praise them for weeding out the worthless and unneeded, but the problem arose when they were installed there in the first place. It isn't like they became deadwood, they have been all along.

8:10 PM  

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