Corporate vocab: Three words that made me think

The line between the life and work doesn’t seem to exist anymore. I have entered a zone where I think I am trying hard to bemuse my own self by seeing things, people, concepts and even, simple words in a light that ordinarily I wouldn’t have seen them in.

Here are three words from the corporate vocab that have got me thinking. Do they really mean what they seem to convey on the surface or if there’s more to them.

1. Company

They say a company is a place where you work.

But a company has another meaning — a company that’s pleasure to be with? A company that isn’t a drag, a company that one can converse with and have coffee with; essentially, a company in which one can be one’s true self.

Well, who doesn’t want a good company and of course, in turn, also be a good company to be with?

2. Occupation:

They call it a job or work that one does.

But occupation feels like a quest that is unauthorized and willful. Add the angle of company, and I am reminded of the East India company leading to the British-occupation of India. I am wondering if it is the same as any modern-day company’s occupation of minds and lives of employees? If so, strangely, — or is it ironic? — that most still crave an occupation in today’s time. Independent, are we?

3. Resignation:

They say it’s a formal notice to the employer from an employee to move on.

But I don’t think it is always about moving on. Resignation is a versatile word. Dig deeper and resignation can be seen as the act of giving up on the effort to make the company a better place for subordinates, peers and for oneself, and for the future employees too, and accepting that all is lost and in a state of mediocrity. Yet some employees stay on. They sometimes call it loyalty or patience or the bold act of not giving up, even though all that there is to it is inertia. Then there are those that actually move away — they may be called weak, emotional, opportunistic, kraantikari (revolutionary), frustrated, loser and whatever else sounds saucier. Both are defeated and in a state of resignation. Do companies see the pool of resignations?

Bonus:

I couldn’t resist. One more word — Fire.

I think this is such a positive word. Why should the company fire employees just once and tell them don’t come back? They can fire employees every day with inspiration and motivation. It will make them more productive than ever. But well, playing with fire needs b**ls, doesn’t it?

Sign-off.

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