A recent conversation between a regional manager and a training manager at corporate HQ:
Regional Manager: Could you come down here and run a few days training for us?
Training Manager: Sure. What do you need?
Regional Manager: Something on how to behave appropriately at work…., erm, with particular emphasis on dress-codes.
Training Manager: Rrrright……. How has this arisen?
Regional Manager: Some of our graduate trainees have started coming to work in jeans.
Training Manager: Well, couldn’t you just tell them not to?
Regional Manager: (sounding very disappointed) Oh…. erm…. yes, I suppose so.
It’s that old get-out option again. Need to give someone a difficult message? Don’t sweat about it. Send them on a training course instead.