Post details: Office Speak...

06/07/07

Permalink 01:00:39 pm, by Email , 553 words   English (CA)
Categories: General Shtuff, "Living" History - Historical Re-enactment

Office Speak...

I have just started reading and enjoying a blog called Mad Ravings of an Entrepreneurial Scientist... granted, he stepped on a personal land-mine of mine in one post where he helped one of his students through a tough time...

Same goes for words...

The student was overburdened with "problems" and said as much, the good doctor suggested that he change the word "problem" to "situation" and it would be better.

Ummm... semantics... they're not just for breakfast anymore.

I have a lot of experience in offices... and have had all the "challenges", "issues", "synergy building", and "dynamic construction" one fella can take in a lifetime.

At an I.T. helpdesk at one company I worked for, a woman won a substantial "prize" for coming up with a way to improve morale... she changed the name from "Trouble Ticket" (the number assigned to a problem reported to the help desk,) to "Issue Ticket".

Yeah, when you can't get your biz e-mail, it's an "issue"... don't think of it as a "trouble"... or a "problem"... that's negative!

Anyone else have a complaint or concern become an "action item" for someone? Why not just say, "Oh, that? So-and-so is working on that problem."

NO! NO!

"Thank you for showing us this challenge that could affect our group synergy! It's become an action item for so-and-so and he is working to face that challenge for you!"

Man, I don't know about you, but I hear crud like that and I think, Wow! You are a practitioner of the Fish Philosophy and read Who Moved My Cheese with a highlighter at the ready, didn't you? Oh by the way, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU REALLY DOING TO RESOLVE MY PROBLEM!?!

Whee~!

I have nothing against making things a touch more euphemistic, but c'mon... DEEDS, NOT WORDS please!

Consider this an action item of the highest priority... or I'll move your cheese while whacking you with a fish!

Now, NOTHING against the good doctor at Mad Ravings of an Entrepreneurial Scientist and I liked a lot of what I read and will return... but PLEASE, don't unleash a bunch of office-speek-spewing non-technocrats onto us unsuspecting older employees... because, quite frankly, I'm running out of places to hide bodies!

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Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email · http://msdemmie.wordpress.com/
Love the posters
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Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Hey MsDemmie... despair.com makes 'em... and they are GREAT!
PermalinkPermalink 06/07/07 @ 20:07

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At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

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