Isn’t it funny the way HR folks speak? I mean, they typically say a lot without actually saying (revealing) anything. They never commit, never say no, and always talk as though they have your best interests at heart while ignoring the import of your words.
Do they speak the same way with their families? What if they did? Here is a possible scenario:
Child: [Mommy/Daddy] I want a bicycle
HR Parent: In the current recessionary economy, it will be highly irresponsible to expense recreation items that do not have long lasting value.
Child: Does that mean no?
HR Parent: We will consider the request at the first opportunity of economic revival and revenue growth in the family.
Child: But all my friends have them!
HR Parent: As a family, we aim to be in the top 65-th percentile of “having” things. We believe that our commitment to our children’s growth, our healthy living environment and wonderful family culture contribute to a scenario…
Child (Interrupting): ARRGH! I hate you!
HR Parent: Such strong emotions are uncalled for. We believe that we have taken the right actions given the economic environment. Further…
[Child storms out.]
[Disclaimer: These views are personal, do not reflect the opinions of my employer and are not based on any specific person or institution, living or dead.]