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Read & Share: The Corporate Jargon that Irks Americans the Most

Corporate jargon defined

30,000 foot viewTo look at the overall goals and objectives rather than small details.
Action-item A take-away task that needs to be completed in the near future.
All hands on deck All employees are needed to complete a project.
Analysis paralysis Overthinking a situation to the point that nothing actually gets accomplished.
Back-end Essential work that goes into the creation of a product that a customer doesn’t see.
Bandwidth Referring to the amount of time someone has available to spend.
Behind the 8 ball Referring to being in a difficult situation.
Big Picture The ultimate goal or main idea.
Boil an oceanTo take on an impossible project or task.
Bring to the table Referring to the skills or value that someone can bring to your company.
Buy-in Accepting or committing to an idea or course of action.
Change agentA person who is the catalyst for business improvements or innovation.
Circle back The notion to revisit a topic at a later time.
Deck Shorthand for a set of PowerPoint presentation slides.
Deep dive To look at the details of a project closely.
Disconnect (as a noun)A situation where expectations differ from reality.
Disruptive Referring to the process of changing existing technology with something new.
Dot your i’s and cross your t’s To be detail oriented and thorough in your tasks.
Drill down To look further into the matter or get more details.
Go all inTo put all of your energy or resources into something.
Heavy lifting Bearing the burden of the most difficult and time-consuming work on a project.
High level To explain a concept without getting into the small, technical details.
Holistic overview To take into account other external factors that can affect an outcome.
I’ll ping you Send someone a message using an online messaging system.
I’ll run that up the flagpoleMoving the project on to the next appropriate person for approval.
Ideate To think of and came up with new ideas.
In the weeds When a task is too hard to accomplish because there are too many problems involved.
KPIs Key Performance Indicators; points used to evaluate the performance of something or someone.
Learning (as a noun) Knowledge gained from a conversation or past project.
Leverage Manipulating a situation so someone can control it in their favor.
Low-Hanging fruitTasks that are easy to accomplish or problems that can be easily solved that provide clear benefits.
Onboarding Assimilating a new employee into an organization; introducing service to new customers.
Out-of-the-box An idea that is unusual or new.
Put a pin in it To delay discussion, engagement, or work on a project to another time.
Quick win Something that can be done quickly that will provide a beneficial outcome.
Reinvent the wheel To redo an existing process, idea, or way of thinking.
ROI “Return on Investment” i.e. whether something is worth it.
Stack handsTo imply that every team member is in it together.
Sync up To meet with someone and touch base on an idea or topic.
Take it offline To discuss something with someone in a separate time and place.
Touch base To meet or talk with something about a specific issue.
Value-add Benefits of a feature that provides value to customers.
Where/when the rubber meets the road The time or place at which something matters the most.
Wordsmithing To change, edit, or make a play on words.


How do you tell a college that you’ll email them when you find out if you have enough time to complete a project that requires a lot of work? “Hi (First Name), I will circle back with you once I evaluate the bandwidth that I have to complete the heavy lifting of this action-item.” Whether you realize it or not, office jargon is very much alive and well, and you probably even use it when you’re not in the office. Check out these interesting findings Verizon has assembled in a recent survey conducted on 1,000 working adults in the U.S.

Source: Verizon

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