Saturday, March 21, 2009

More euphemisms to hide the truth

In September of 2007 I wrote a blog post titled “Call it what it is” about euphemisms.

The latest word game is the use of “laid off” for fired. Traditionally you are considered laid off only when the company really intends to bring you back when business picks up. During the annual model change over shut downs at the automakers, the workers are laid off for a couple of weeks while the factories are retooled for the next year’s models. The company and the workers both understand that the workers will be back at work once the change over is completed.

Does anyone really expect the workers now loosing their jobs to be rehired within a few weeks" A month? Six months? Next year?

If recalling those workers is not part of your business plan when you let them go, their not laid off, they’re fired! At least have the honesty and integrity to tell the truth and not play word games.

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