(1). A decision made solely based on cost. So … every decision.
“Ken, we’ve decided to go with another provider this year. It’s not a reflection on you or your work at all. It’s basically a resource-driven decision coming down from management. You’re just charging too much for that coffee, Ken.”
(1). A statement suggesting that wearing that Pearl Jam t-shirt to work probably isn’t the best path to management.
“Hey Dave, I saw you applied for the director’s position, that’s great! One thing though. “Ten” came out like 20 years ago so you might want to start throwing a button-down on once in awhile. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have! Ya know what I mean?”