A Soviet-era Russian joke: The workers’ paradise -- we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.
A related hypothesis: any occupation where it is not clear what is being produced, or how what is produced is to be evaluated, will have someone whose job it is to provide “staff development.”
If you release me from my job responsibilities to sit and jawbone about peripheralities and, especially, to “open up” and “confess” how I “feel” about them; then, I might well join in and pretend that you, too, are earning your keep.
To examine these issues further, see How Not to Develop Staff
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