The phrase Caddy swim is term increasingly used in the job place to refer to meetings held with the chief executive of an organization and subordinate employees to give employees the illusion of sharing in the organization’s power structure. The term is derived from the 1980 U.S. comedy film Caddyshack (directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney) where class distinction at the Bushwood Country Club between the caddies and the members of the club is underscored by the annual “Caddy Swim” – an awkward employee incentive event where caddies were allowed to swim the club’s pool for 15 minutes. In the film, the event is depicted as a free for all of uncouth young adults participating in activities considered boorish to the elite club members.
The boss called a meeting to boost morale, but it really was just a caddy swim to make us feel important.
A meeting at work to make employees feel more important than their bosses really think they are. Like the infamous “Caddy Swim” event where caddies in the movie Caddyshack were allowed to swim at the country club’s pool once a year for 15 minutes.
Danny -- How was the meeting with the big boss?
Me -- It was a waste if time, just a caddy swim.