The worst euphemism ever for getting fired
Goodbye to handing out pink slips. Now HSBC is 'demising' jobs that are being eliminated. That's about as final as it gets.
Getting fired isn't supposed to be pleasant, but employers always hit upon fancy-footed ways to dance around the painful truth.
Companies traditionally have lowered the boom on employees with terms ranging from "streamlining" to "right-sizing," as well as the venerable pink slip. But now one bank has found what's possibly the most depressing term for losing one's job: getting "demised."
HSBC (HBC) on Tuesday said it's cutting 1,100 jobs, but instead of saying so in plain terms, the bank coined a new way of expressing the firings. "The bank will be demising the roles of 942 relationship managers," the company said in a press release.
If that seems, well, rather a grim term, you're right. "Demise" means to "die, decease" or to "pass by descent or bequest," according to Merriam-Webster.
So how did the bank settle on a term that indicates death?
HSBC likes it because the word suggests that while the jobs are disappearing (OK, dying), the employees aren't all leaving the bank. "It's another way of saying 'the roles will go,'" spokesman James Thorpe told The Wall Street Journal.
Still, that's likely to be cold comfort to the hundreds of "demised" workers, regardless of whether they're shifted to new jobs instead of getting fired.
The announcement created anger and derision among the bank's staff and union representatives, according to the Financial Times. A spokesman for Unite, the sole union representing HSBC employees, told the publication: "We think that playing with words was insensitive and was an insult to people."
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"We didn't just kill your job, we demised it, which is totally worse! I guess that tells you what we think of you in no uncertain terms."
Gee, thanks. Bye.
Seriously, how hilariously appropriate that they should choose "demise" as a new euphemism.
"Hi, we're making tons of loot both above and under the table, but we're gonna have to nix a few of you inconvenient peons so that we can fit some more blow into the executive expense budget, so we're gonna 'demise' your job to pull that off, thanks...toodles."
what do you write on a job application when you have been fired? I have struggled with this for over a year of unemployment. It was not all my fault. Not enough hours to adequetly do my job and I encountered sabotage of my job performance. What do you say to get around this. I don't put down my bosses name I use my immediate supervisors instead...hopefully they don't check everything. This whole process has left me with minor PTS and paranoia. I just want to get back to work! Demise, gosh we feel like we die when we lose a job...how insensitive. Banks are run by Satan ...would expect anything less!
Nothing is going to get done until the housing market is fixed... and I don't mean ..."not reporting and not pursuing foreclosures" to inflate the #'s and pretend that things are getting better...
And I don't mean... fixing the #'s for unemployment by not reporting it and/or calling it "job-less rate"
Call a spade a spade... and stop pretending....!
I supported the current administration for the 1st term; and I'm paying a hefty price... After 2 months into the 1st term... me and many others have had to eat those words, votes, ... and some... And I'm being nice about it!
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