Banish self-important job titles and jargon, states a new list of 50 suggestions for reducing pomposity in the workplace. The organisers of National Motivation Week (NMW) have joined forces with The Industrial Society to compile a list of the things that kill commitment.
According to NMW co-ordinator Jan Martins, some employers do not just have separate canteens for different grades of staff: they even have two sorts of lavatory paper - soft for the senior executive and, you guessed it, the scratchy kind for your humbler bottom.
Christian-name terms and parity of treatment might "encourage a more constructive dialogue on the topic of 'classlessness' at work", Martins believes. But, she argues, it is not simply a new spirit of democracy which should prompt such thinking. It is a question of productivity. NMW is launching a new award for the silliest job title in Britain "to demonstrate the degree to which posing has penetrated many companies, at the cost of performance".