box ticking exercise

box ticking exercise

A popular UK term for any activity that is performed perfunctorily and with resignation, more to serve a bureaucratic expediency than to accomplish any higher purpose. In general, box ticking ensures that all requirements (boxes) for an activity or process are performed (ticked or checked).
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I'll admit, I'm not the biggest fan of the 111 service - on the few occasions I've called it felt like a box ticking exercise.
He said: "The banks have tried very hard to close branches properly and have not viewed the protocol as just a box ticking exercise.
And, if the senior executives or business owners do not understand, and prioritise, but merely see sustainability as a box ticking exercise, then the result is disconnection from the firm's purpose.
Held at the St Hild school at Durham University, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss how we could move this idea forward and, to be perfectly honest, I was a little concerned that this would be another "workshop" that would have the best intent, but maybe was just a box ticking exercise.
Legal due diligence is generally regarded as a necessary evil, a box ticking exercise and of limited assistance to the acquirer in agreeing the price or shaping the transaction they are looking at.
Whether this will improve British business or simply turn into a box ticking exercise (given the increasingly litigious nature of our society) will have to be seen.
It wasn't just a box ticking exercise, it couldn't have been further from that," she adds.
Tom Bell, head of social strategy, said: "At NGN, our responsibility to our customers, employees, communities, partners and environment is more than just a box ticking exercise.
Age issues should be embedded at the very heart of an organisation's culture, and should not be a box ticking exercise to meet employment legislation.
Some people do come off it and every case is different; it is not a box ticking exercise and it is there to help, not to lead doctors and nurses.
More and more businesses are seeing this as an opportunity, not simply a box ticking exercise.