Office meetings, status checks, sessions, conferences, briefings, taking minutes and losing hours… Call it whatever you want. Every company has them at least once a week (and the ones that say they don’t have them even more often). And everyone really looks forward to them.
Office newspeak? Corporate bullshit? Linguistic thriftiness goes hand in hand with the pressure for workplace efficiency. Abbreviations for English business phrases and industry phrases have become so natural for us Czechs that in many cases we don’t even bother to seek Czech equivalents.
It’s a big deal when a teammate leaves your company. Either you can’t stand them, and so you break out in a burst of joy and shamelessly steal their ergonomic chair while they’ll still in their notice period. Or it’s someone who’s grown on you, and that’s not as fun. And the absolute worst variant is when it’s your friend. Because in that case their departure is a pure, unbridled BETRAYAL. And for that, they’ll pay!
Michal Pohludka writes about work at multinationals. With a detached view, humor, and the kind of empathy you’ll only rarely see in a top manager. “Hungarians don’t quite love work, but they know how to talk about it for a long time. And the French? I’m amazed they still exist,” he says for example of workers from other countries.