(Kiriwina, New Guinea), noun. "Truth everybody knows but nobody speaks."
[Source: They Have a Word for It by Howard Rheingold]
Some common workplace examples of mokita include these unspoken truths:
- A sizable percentage of our marketing doesn't work.
- Most departments have people who have retired on the job and at least one or two who are crazy.
- The boost from last year's motivational speaker evaporated by the time he reached the parking lot.
- The CEO tells everyone how important certain training is and then quietly slips out the door.
- People who are unreliable are rewarded with less work.
- The first-line supervisors know more about employment law than the folks in the executive suites.
- The HR Department is frequently regarded as more of an adversary than an ally.
- Middle managers are afraid to fire people.
- Frequent reorganizations are used to disguise poor management.
- Despite all of the hassles, most of us love our jobs.