box ticking exercise

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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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The 4 weeks consultation is just a tick box exercise!
He went on to give a scathing view of the council's consultation process, describing it as a "tick box exercise" used to legitimise a pre-determined conclusion.
BID, however, said the guidance amounts is mostly followed as "little more than a tick box exercise" and the government keeps putting individuals in detention without paying attention to the possible impacts on the child.
For managers, it has evolved into a process that is mandatory by HR to be completed and so is turned into a tick box exercise rather than a valuable input to developing capabilities in the organisation.
However, many treat the implementation of psychometric assessments as a tick box exercise -- to have the comfort of collecting data on individuals, and, often, to report back to senior management that this step has been covered.
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. 2011; UK; 33; 919-27.
Beauchamp "They take their role very seriously, this will not be a tick box exercise. We've seen what can happen at Buncefield."
My worry is that revalidation will become a tick box exercise with no real currency in ensuring safe practice.
This is the same Mr Raymant who told councillors at an extraordinary meeting of Ynys Mon County Council on September 26, 2011 that Horizon's community consultation should be honest, meaningful, inclusive and clear and not "a tick box exercise" Only a day later, Mr Raymant, as a panel member of a Nuclear Industry Association fringe meeting at the Labour Conference in Liverpool said: "As a developer we are not obliged to follow the results of the public consultation."