Political correctness crap in IBM HR circles
Posted by Peeter Joot on November 12, 2013
Apparently IBM has fired so many people that they have invented (or started using) the term RA (Resource Action) instead of fired, used like so:
Bob was RAed.
There has been another round of RAs.
If you don’t want to be RAed, make sure your PBC (personal business committment) document is filled in and sounds good, since there’s a new earnings report due out tomorrow.
This is supposed to sound nicer, but I think it’s the opposite. To me this sounds like the individual is now a resource, and is be moved around like an entry in some accounting table. RA means that, unfortunately, they ended up in the delete column. It’s very impersonal. Perhaps this is just to make the firing manager feel better, since that manager cannot do anything about the firing quotas when they occur.