Does “If my boss tells me to ‘circle back’ to a project one more time, I’m going to ‘circle’ my way right into a new job” sound familiar?
Are you going to rip your hair out if you’re told to “pivot” your efforts to create more “synergy” across platforms so you can “own it” for the team and really help the company “scale.”
If so, you’re not alone.
These expressions, and many more, are an example of the ridiculous business jargon people commonly use in today’s workplace, compiled by FitSmallBusiness.com.
Here’s a list of some of the biggest offenders, and their meanings. (Hint: Share it with your your co-workers and maybe you won’t have to hear them quite so much in 2019.)
- Let’s Circle Back: I don’t have an answer for you, leave me alone now.
- Shift The Paradigm: You need to change the way you think.
- Ping, Me, Or I’ll Ping You: I don’t care. Just send me a message.
- Marinate On That: We’re not sure what’s going on, so let’s think about it longer.
- Not My Domain: Not my problem.
- Let’s Create Synergy: You better work together.
- It’s In The Pipeline: It’s not ready yet.
- It Is What It Is: I don’t know how else to put this, and I don’t care, end of story.
- You Need To Own It: You need to take responsibility – but not the credit.
- It’s In Your Wheelhouse: You’d be good at it, so it’s your problem.
- Will It Scale?: This is good. Let’s do more of it.
- I Have A 10,000-Foot View: I see everything and nothing at the same time.
- You Need to Make Headway: Make yourself productive already.
- It’s The Uber Of…: We have no other logical way to articulate our startup.
- At The End Of The Day…: Thanks for your point, but mine is the only one that matters.
- Steer The Ship: The bosses don’t want to do their jobs so it’s your job now.
- Moving Forward: Don’t ever do whatever you did that way again.
- Let’s Pivot: That didn’t work, so we’re going in a new direction now.
Want to see more? You can find the full list of most overused workplace expressions of 2018 and their meanings here.