Saturday, April 29, 2006

Expendable Expressions

Some expressions that we could do without in the workplace:

"We’re like one big happy family." And at home, when times get hard, we toss grandma into the street.
"The customer is always right." Even if the customer is mean, dumb, and unrealistic.
"We always hire the best qualified." And my friends are always the best qualified.
"A diverse workforce is a better workforce." Toyota is the picture of diversity.
"We’re not a melting pot. We’re a salad bowl." Like Beirut and Bosnia.
"None of us is as smart as all of us." That's why mobs are so intelligent.
"Who cares who started it?" Why should we bother with something like fairness?
"There’s no ethical problem. Everybody does it." And there's a magic number that makes things ethical.
"I’ve got a great employee, but he’s got a lousy attitude." People hate him and divert work around him, but his attitude has nothing to do with performance.

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