15 most hated office clichés

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A lot of us say them but probably most of us hate them – office clichés are unavoidable these day. Efinancial careers agreed and decided a good way to deal with them would be to draw up a list of the most hated. So, having asked a host of professionals in their 30s to develop a collection of their least favourite office clichés, here they are.

Some of these may be new to you, but how many are you guilty of saying?

Action items: Essentially just a list of things that need to get done.

Hard stop: One that’s oft-used in journalism as well. It means you have to stop a meeting at a specific time as you have another appointment that you can’t move or be late to. “I have a hard stop at 11 a.m.”

Over the wall: You are in the know. You have information that others don’t.

Parking lot: To put an end to a conversation with the idea of coming back to it later. “Let’s put that in a parking lot and move on.” Giving an idea “some air,” or time to resonate, is similar.

Dig out: To get through all your backlog of work. “Let me dig out and I’ll come see you in an hour.”

Circle back: To re-evaluate something or give it a second look. You can also circle back – or re-connect – with a person to solve an issue. “Let me circle back with Bob and I’ll let you know.”

Deep dive: Giving a thorough analysis.

Horses for courses: Acknowledging that there may be more than one strategy or approach that will work. “There is more than one way to skin a cat,” would be the closest idiom.

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered: Don’t be overly greedy, lest you get the chop. Sort of an anti-Gordon Gekko.

Touch base: To make contact or catch up. “Let’s touch base later today.”

Give me a buzz: “Call me.”

Ping: Similar to a buzz, except it doesn’t have to be a phone call. You can “ping” someone through any means of contact.

Ready, fire, aim: The idea of being aggressive and moving quickly without over-thinking. Some eggs will likely get broken, to explain one cliché with another.

Get alignment: To get everyone on the same page.

30,000 foot view: The abridged version of an issue. You don’t want every detail, but just a general idea of what’s happening.
  • Jill Malleck on 2014-03-05 12:03:04 PM

    Saw a wonderful YouTube video of comedians Tripp and Tyler doing the "office jargon" stuff. How about:
    - the bottom line
    - right sizing
    - get everyone on the same page!
    - shared mindset
    Guilty as charged but working on it. Thanks.

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