(1). A ploy used by senior managers when employees unexpectedly attempt to voice workplace or compensation concerns to push the uncomforatble conversations off to a later date in hopes that (1) the employee will lose the nerve to continue the conversation, or (2) scheduling conflicts will postpone the talk indefinitely.
(1). A full staff meeting where employees are supposed to be able to pose questions to upper management. They can’t. All questions are plants. Just keep quiet and you won’t get fired.
“Thank you, everyone, for dialing in today. This town hall meeting is an important forum for all of us to talk openly and honestly about the business. All questions should be directed to that burning oildrum behind the building. Now, our first agenda item is ‘cost reductions’…”