New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Top 10 things not to say to employees
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Check GunBroker.com for SWFA's No Reserve and No Minimum bid firearm auctions.

Top 10 things not to say to employees

 Post Reply Post Reply   Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/06/2009 at 10:25
Ick View Drop Down
Optics Professional
Optics Professional
Avatar
ICK, Ed's BOY

Joined: October/08/2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Status: Offline
Points: 817

I must admit, I have used phrases like this in the past.....

Top 10 things not to say to employees in a tight economy

March 5, 2009 by Fred Hosier

As someone in HR, do you find that other employees are trying to avoid you these days? Maybe it’s because HR is often the bearer of bad news — such as layoffs — in a tight economy.

These days, even innocent phrases uttered by HR can make employees jumpy.

So, courtesy of buzzwhack.com, here are the Top 10 things nervous employees don’t want to hear right now:

  1. “Can I see you in the conference room?” Just as bad: “Can we talk?” and “Gotta minute?” In all cases, initiating contact with a tap on the shoulder makes things even worse.
  2. “Isn’t your performance review coming up soon?” Particularly if it isn’t due for another two months.
  3. “We don’t look at this as a problem - but as an opportunity.” Generally delivered with an insincere Pollyanna-ish lilt.
  4. “I’ve always thought of us as family around here, but … ” Given the choice of laying off you or his mother, guess which he will choose?
  5. “You’re a great contributor, but … “ A compliment followed by a “but” is never a good thing.
  6. “Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option.” Generally, the next sentence contains really bad news for someone.
  7. “We’re going to refocus and concentrate on our core business.” That generally means refocusing on the business the company was in before it hired you.
  8. “We’re not planning to have layoffs, but there will be some restructuring.” Hmmmmm.
  9. “Due to the ongoing turmoil in the capital markets …” Any sentence that has “turmoil” and “capital” in it can’t be good.
  10. “They’ve asked everyone to come to the Employee Appreciation Room for a 4 p.m. meeting.”

Do you have your own suggestions for this list? Make your nominations in the Comments Box below.

 


Edited by Ick - March/06/2009 at 10:26
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/06/2009 at 10:45
Dogger View Drop Down
Optics Jedi Knight
Optics Jedi Knight
Avatar

Joined: January/02/2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Status: Offline
Points: 5347
Another beaut is:
 
We're not downsizing, we're right-sizing"
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/06/2009 at 12:56
Ed Connelly View Drop Down
Optics Retard
Optics Retard
Avatar
God of no Chihuahua

Joined: December/16/2007
Location: USA
Status: Offline
Points: 24220
How about...." We don't think you have the right corporate image."
 
And you respond by saying: " Do you know where I can get one of those? "  Bucky
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/06/2009 at 13:20
Bigdaddy0381 View Drop Down
Optics God
Optics God
Avatar
Georgia peach

Joined: February/27/2007
Location: Georgia
Status: Offline
Points: 12815
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/07/2009 at 09:33
budperm View Drop Down
Optics Retard
Optics Retard
Avatar
show me your sheep!!

Joined: January/01/2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Status: Offline
Points: 27625

How about one of the most uttered phrases from Corporate America of the last 10 years?..

Due to increased costs and overheads (the management's salaries and perks) we are forced to relocate our base of manufacturing overseas....  You are all laid-off!


Edited by budperm - March/07/2009 at 10:08
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Similar Threads: "Top 10 things not to say to employees"
Subject Author Forum Replies Last Post
Top 10 hunting scopes deals Randall45 Rifle Scopes 16
nikon 8x42 not sharp at all on top 38super Binoculars 3
2-10 or 2.5-10: the low end louielouie General Hunting 7
Leupold Mk4 3.5-10 v Nightforce 2.5-10 lwrkeysfisher Tactical Scopes 2
10/10 scale Sgt. D Reloading & Ballistics 6
sightron 10-50-56x or 10-60-56x skilly1979 Rifle Scopes 2
Swarovski 10 X 42 SLC verses 10 X 50 SLC windstrings Binoculars 0 10/31/2007 8:11:53 AM
Scope for Ruger 10-22 Pach255 Varmint Scopes 17
Scope for AR-10 mdstevens1370 Rifle Scopes 1
Leica ER I 2.5-10 reticle choice graywolf.260 Rifle Scopes 5


This page was generated in 0.391 seconds.