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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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Rather than see it as a mandatory tick box exercise, BT wanted to emphasise their commitment to self-improvement and truly realise their goals to grow as a training provider.
This, after a lengthy consultation which now very clearly turns out to have been at best a tick box exercise, and at worst a cynical attempt to fool the local population, into thinking they would get a better service.
The tick box exercise confirmed if the candidate progressed to a formal interview conducted by the management team.
Trainee doctors' views on workplace-based assessment: Are they just a tick box exercise.
Beauchamp "They take their role very seriously, this will not be a tick box exercise.
But it's become a tick box exercise, allowing some firms to get away with not training local people.
My worry is that revalidation will become a tick box exercise with no real currency in ensuring safe practice.
So much for honesty, openness and being inclusive, and any public engagement by Horizon being anything more than a tick box exercise.
The method of "consultation" seems to be an underhand tick box exercise to achieve a success of some highly paid manager's pet project (excuse the pun).
I AM just about old enough to remember when a "public consultation" was just that, not a tick box exercise in going through the motions before carrying on with what you'd already decided.
So how can a business turn health and safety compliance from a grudging tick box exercise to a culture of proactive maintenance that delivers measurable business value?