Friday, October 24, 2008
10 Things Overheard at the Last Management Meeting
As an employee, it's often nerve-wracking to see managers troop into a meeting during these difficult financial times. What are they talking about? Is it good? Is it bad? Are they debating who is going to get laid off? Plans for a big project? What critical decisions are they making that the fate of dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of employees hinge upon?
It would be interesting to a fly on the wall during these sessions. That's why I thought I would speculate about 10 things overheard at the last management meeting:
1. "I told you we have auditors."
2. "We need to make some decisions about personnel. Anyone got a quarter? OK -- call it. If it's heads, Trish goes. Tails, it's Larry."
3. "We've got to find a way to cut down on distractions around here. All those in favor of moving our next meeting to the golf course, say 'aye.'"
4. "I could have been the next David Hasselhoff, but noooo --I had to get that MBA."
5. "It's unanimous: We use the 'Deal or No Deal' model for payroll this next quarter."
6. "So, no one really batted an eye when I told them to re-use envelopes. But the 'bring your own toilet paper' memo didn't go over so great."
7. "Hey -- I'm hitting the dollar store after work to pickup up a few 'forced early retirement' gifts. Anyone wanna come along?"
8. "It was all I could do to keep a straight face when I told my staff: "Don't panic. Everything's fine."
9. "I just found a great new website to help with performance evaluations. It's called "make-em-squirm.com."
10. "Oh, Lord. Is that the FBI?"
What else might be overheard in a meeting of managers these days?