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Friday, June 13, 2008

Missing the point rather

A colleague tells me that they've bought in on the current vogue for away-days for front-line staff.

They're having theirs in the central library.


The Topiary Cow said...

Cow lost in a haze of cross-Atlantic translation again.

Is an away-day a day off with pay? If so, Cow would like some, please.


Kevin Musgrove said...

Sadly not. It's a day away from the workplace to look at strategic/tactical issues, do developmental work, etc.

In some places it's an opportunity for interplay between staff; rational goal-setting; team-building and getting staff buy-in on key projects.

In other places it's an opportunity for a lot of PowerPoint slides and managementspeak.

As usual, we fell between the two stools.

Major D'Omo said...

Expat in Sheboygan explains for cow. Awayday used to be a type of one-day return travel ticket sold by British Rail (when British Rail existed but this is itself another British Joke) - and after that anyone going on any kind of in-service training - which usually only lasts a day but which is also off-site - was having an "Awayday". Eventually the managers caught up with it and the term became legitimised.

The Topiary Cow said...