I once worked for a company where the HR department insisted that we use the term “full-time equivalents” instead of “employees” or “staff.” They’d say, “Our full-time equivalents are our most valuable asset.”
Below is list of other such corporate terms and what they mean to communicators. How many of these do you recognize?
Bifurcate: The term HR teams use when they are going to split a large department into two smaller departments, or split your job into two jobs.
Cascade: Communication from members higher in the organization (managers, vice presidents) to members lower in the organizational hierarchy. Many communicators cringe when they learn a message will be “cascaded” instead of sent directly. A cascaded message typically stalls at the management level and rarely makes it to the intended recipients.