With the advent of technology, sometimes it’s difficult to find the right words to describe modern dilemmas…
Someone who is clueless. From the Web error message, “404 not found,” which means the document requested couldn’t be located. “Don’t bother asking the new guy. He’s 404.”
The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.
The brief seizure people sometimes suffer when their phone goes off in a meeting, especially in vibrator mode. Characterised by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.
A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee head count, leaving the top brass with clean hands.
CLM (Career Limiting Move)
Used to describe an ill-advised activity. “Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.”
An office filled with cubicles.
Scanning the net, databases, etc., for one’s own name.
A decision to delete all emails older than a certain date, due to an overwhelming volume of messages. During the act of declaring email bankruptcy, an email is usually sent to all contacts explaining the problem, that their message has been deleted, and that if their message still requires a response they should resend their message.
Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon.
Sleeping with your eyes open, common at conferences and early-morning meetings. “Didn’t he notice that by the second session half the room was glazing?”
Older, experienced business people hired by young entrepreneurial firms trying to appear more professional and established.
The disgusting build-up of dirt and crud found on some people’s computer keyboards.
People who work at home or telecommute.
The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
A new hire who doesn’t require training. “That new guy is totally plug-and-play.”
When something loud happens in a cube farm, causing heads to pop up over the walls trying to see what’s going on.
The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed in the end. “God, today was a total salmon day!”
A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, sh*ts over everything and then leaves.
A person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.
Employees who take training classes just to take a holiday from their jobs. “There were only three serious students in the class; the rest were just tourists.”
Euphemism for being fired. Also: decruitment.