Friday, August 20, 2010
I thought I would end this week with a little Office Jargon. A couple of weeks back, Bethenny Frankle started a discussion on Twitter about Office Jargon, and I started thinking about the things that we say around our office.
Circle back – Let’s “circle back” on this topic, or follow up with me later.
Parking lot this – This happens a lot in status meetings, when we get off on a tangent on something we say, “let’s parking lot this” meaning let’s discuss later.
Out of pocket – out of office, or unavailable (although I never really liked this one, I like to say OOO, or “Out of Office”).
Net-net – what’s the bottom line, or as I like to say, why does this matter to me?
Thank you for your partnership – this can be a smart ass way of saying, thanks for doing nothing.
N of one – our CEO says this and it basically means “in my opinion” or “it’s just the opinion of 1 person.”
Drive By – this is when someone stops by your desk and drops a hot project, or a bomb, on your desk, typically something that is going to cause your day to be crazy, and keep you from getting your work done.
Come to Jesus – this is reserved for times when you have had enough, and you need to get down to the bottom of something; we tend to have “Come to Jesus moments” when projects, or even people, have gotten out of hand.
Regroup – aka: meetings that talk about meetings; meaning they are meetings that happen after meetings where people still don’t know what is going on due to mismanagement or just not paying attention; we have a lot of meetings.
Make it a great one! – this is what our Traffic Coordinator says after our weekly status meetings, which take place first thing Monday morning. Usually it is with sarcasm if we see a potentially stressful week coming up.
What office jargon goes on in your work place?
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