Is Communications a Drain of Resources?

A co-worker recently referred to the communications budget as “overhead.”

While I understood the accounting term, I took exception because she used the word to imply that communications is a drain of organizational resources.

She then described the fundraising department as “revenue generating.”

That got me to thinking.

How would she classify the agricultural tasks performed by two farmers? Would the one who planted seeds and nurtured the crop be considered overhead? And would the one who helped to nurture the crop and then reaped the harvest be considered revenue-generating?

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