It occurs to me that Orwell got a lot right but not quite everything. Newspeak is definitely among us, but at it's most insidious, it's corporate jargon, talk and general nonsense. Where we work has more to do with how we think than news or internet or cellphones. We're bombarded. So, Big Brother will probably look less like James Mason or Burt Lancaster and more like, well, Mitt Romney. The CEO of today is the big brother of today.
Got this from a friend who was wondering what it really means. Since he's an engineer and I am supposedly an expert on this Human Resources-Employee Realtions -- Engagement stuff, he wondered if I might translate. Well, it seems pretty universal to me...you'might be amazed at the number of Human Resources professionals named Erin by the way. The equivalent guy name appears to be Chuck, Chad or Bob. The Erin's usually do not have an Irish last name because their Yuppie parents got a list of the most popular baby names in 1974 and there it was. Can't explain about the guys. Most of the Erins actually still have souls...optimism not completely crushed because, if they keep trying, they can really make a difference, Goddamnit, Mike. But, with their door closed, they tend to cry a lot...
This is the email Verbatim although I did change the consulting firm to something neutral...
I wanted to provide you with an update regarding the results of the Employee Engagement Survey.
On September 21st at the Manager’s Off-Site Meeting, the attendees were provided with a general overview of the results by American Social Scientific World People & Process Dynamics. (ASSWPP-D)Additionally, the results were compared to other “Top Workplaces” in the Engineering industry of firms in similar size.
The Executive Team was given all of the aggregate results and each member of the team read all 848 anonymous comments. The Executive Team was asked to look for common themes. I reviewed the specific regional results with each Regional Vice President. The RVPs were then asked to review this information with the managers in their regions.
Tomorrow, the Executive Team and the Regional Vice Presidents will get together for a half-day working session to come up with some next steps in response to the results.
We will continue to keep you updated.
Fascinating, right. Typical corporate crap...however, this is from the Man Behind the Mirror...this is what it really means.