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February 8th, 2005

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07:51 pm - click--whirr--*crunch*
Days like this I have a certain sympathy for L'Académie française:
As I indicated in our evacuation drill a few months back, employee accountability is our number one concern both during work hours as well as after hours.  If there were an incident in this building that occurs after hours, managers have procedures in place for notifying you of the incident and informing you whether or not to report to work.  The simulated incident we will be testing tomorrow will take place during office hours and it is equally important that we are able to account for our employees during the business day.

Ahem. Employee accountability is not the same as being able to account for all employees! Sure, responsible employees will make certain they report to their managers at the assembly site - so I can see where the confusion that started with conflating 'accountable' and 'countable' managed to become further derailed, but it makes my brain hurt.

 How does one convey the sentiment No!  No!  Bad executive! Bad! while maintaining one's employment, eh?


Addendum:  probably about the time we get an IT staff that can administer their way out of a wet paper bag with both ends open. Firewall error my [censored].

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Date:February 9th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Could you send an email through Anonymizer?
[User Picture]
Date:February 9th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
It depends on the person in question. But you can sometimes point out these sorts of errors by treating them as "honest mistakes". You know, "I can see how these terms could seem like they're equivalent but ...".

But you know, I just got into a small argument with my manager in a meeting because I refused to accept "incent" as a word, and said so. Bad marketer, me.
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Date:February 9th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
Did the word "incent" make you incensed? Sorry, I couldn't resist. What was the manager's definition of it anyway?

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