Story of my most useless meeting?

Too many to mention. Here's one. Years ago a new HR associate was specifically hired to better engage the workforce. About once a week, she conducted about an hour to two hour meetings which consisted of every 'touchy-feely' idea you could think of. I swear any day I was going to walk into a meeting and do the "fall back into your partner" trust exercises.

One particular meeting, 'Betty' engaged us with the topic of what keeps us motivated, and I was a little more annoyed than usual because I was behind on a system critical project and these meetings were mandatory.

User1: "Knowing I make customer satisfaction my number one priority."
User2: "The strong sense of accomplishment I feel by doing my best"
Me: "Money"
<you could almost hear Betty's gasp>
Betty: "Oh, no, money shouldn't be the motivator. Money is like icing on the cake. Tell us what keeps you happy and engaged."
<other users nod their heads in engagement>
Me: "Again, money."
User3: "I can't...ugh..I don't believe..oh..why would you say that? I think being part of such a great team is payment enough."
<more nodding of heads>
Me: "Do you work for free? I don't. None of us do. Would any of you keep doing your jobs here if you weren't getting paid?"
Betty: "That is really not the point of this meeting."
Me: "Sure it is. I'll bet if Order Taking starting providing bonuses for positive after-call surveys, employee satisfaction would go through the roof. Anyone else like that idea?"
Betty: "Your attitude isn't helping this discussion. Lets move on."
Me: "Lets not. In 20?? the Gartner group performed a study where they 'discovered' the primary motivator for employees was money. You want employees to perform better, you pay them. It is really that simple."
<I could see the looks of "Its OK to speak my mind?" and others wanting to speak up>
Betty: "Moving on. Lets go over the company core values again and discuss how they enrich our lives at work and at home."

I kept quiet for the rest of the meeting.

The poop hit the fan, and my boss pulls me into a conference room
Boss: "Betty is really pissed at you. She went directly to the VP of HR"
Me: "Good. Does this mean I don't have to attend the enrichment meetings?"
Boss: "Yea, that was her idea of punishment. Lucky bastard."

  • 14
    But didn’t you know?
    Money is evil!
    And all of these social touchy-feelys are the only good things in the world.

    At least this is how HR and their ilk seem to see the world. They even seem to prefer those feelys to productivity and accomplishments. It’s like the only things they care about in the world are emotions. Fleeting things that affect absolutely nothing except the person experiencing them — and often for the worse. Why?!

    Emotions don’t pay the bills. Emotions don’t solve problems.emotions don’t make the world any better. They just change how you *feel* about the world for a little while. Kind of like drugs.
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    God, Imagine being so naive and insecure that it's your literal job to convince *others* that the world is all roses and ice cream, and we should all stick together as a team and enjoy our jobs.

    It's the journey not the destination UwU!

    Be a good pet, and start being motivated while also being awfully underpaid considering you do work for at least 2 other people on top of your own workload!

    Yeah, fuck Betty...
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    Yeah, it's nice when you are payed with money.
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    @Hazarth >"Imagine being so naive and insecure that it's your literal job"

    One of the saddest parts is she earnestly believed she was helping the company like some kind of savior.

    Her downfall was while in one of these mandatory meetings, the VP of Marketing asked to be excused (he was polite and had a legit reason) and 'Betty' (in front of his dept) told him he was not excused and he wasn't setting a good example. Not in nice, or funny way, but in a 'How dare you!' condescending way. He said "You're not talking to me like that." and left. We suspect he went to the VP-HR's office because she didn't last the day.

    That was a little pin I put in my memory bank, when a VP asks to be excused from a meeting, you say "Sure, no problem"
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    ...i actually DO get motivated by interesting tasks too, so when recruiters ask me about my rates, i say something like X to X+20 when it's something interesting, depending on how interesting it is, X*2 to X*4 when it's something boring, x*5 when it's PHP
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    @Root i recall when it was HR's job to figure out if you had enough money to at least work, have your mind in the work and not in the bills, according to your position of course.

    No HR rep I ever met did a good job doing this and now the responsibility of that goes to your immediate supervisor.

    But with this attitude of 'money is evil' everyone is afraid to talk about it.
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    HR people are useless anyway. Why is this field even a fucking thing?
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    @-ANGRY-STUDENT- > "HR people are useless anyway". Your mileage may vary. For us, things didn't change until we hired *real* HR folks. They handle insurance, the hiring processes, etc etc. That's it. Its not their job to make me happy, its their job to remove obstacles that make me unhappy. I'd put our current HR team up against any company.
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