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Like in many sects of modern-day society, a different language code exists within the office-building community. Having worked in business offices since my early adolescence, I have been very exposed to the whole environment of corporate America. From the disgusting amounts of coffee digested, office-pool parties, casual Fridays, and even a couple awkward elevator rides, (I only made one comment about the boss's wife and her smokin hot bod at the pool party..) nothing surprises me now when I walk into office environments. However, the one aspect of office life that is semi-hard to get used to is the “code”, or secret language of verses and sayings, that are repeatedly bounced between employees. If you are new to the business world, then get used to it.
Being 20 years old and in a booming college town such as Boston, I hear and use the quote-on-quote language of today’s youth very frequently. From “bro”, “killer”, “stoked”, “bomb”, “dude”, even “braski” (yes some people do talk like this), many phrases are altered or used frequently around friends and peers to add another interesting aspect to everyday interactions between friends and social groups.
Office-lingo is no different. Mostly everything you have heard, or seen through cinema, is generally true about it. From the comical-genius of “Office Space” we got “Can I have my stapler?” to the overused phrase of TPS reports. In today’s office environment, here is a list of phrases and equivalent definitions that pop up most frequently:
-“Let’s touch base”= let’s talk about this later. Often referring to a report or analysis you just submitting to your boss that they would like to review with you in the future when they have more time. (Probably A. You did something wrong, or B. You did something really wrong).
-“A.S.A.P”= you should know what this means, but it means as soon as possible. When dealing with the finance world, you will hear, or say, a.s.a.p. a lot when referring to reports and analysis being completed quickly. (Aka you haven't been working fast enough lately).
-“Shoot me an email”=send me an email.
-“Can you CC me it”=this means forward an email. I have never heard this one used before, but friends have complained how fellow employees use this to make themselves seem smarter. (Because they want to keep track of you and make sure you are actually doing something).
-“Can you work late tonight?”=even if you have a good reason, I would recommend agreeing to this proposal. If you say no, you might look like a quitter. It also could be a test from your boss to test how committed you are to your work. (Or... they wanna... you know..... finish that report).
-“Raise the bar”=raise the level of your work expectations and performance ability. (You're getting close to hitting rock bottom).
-“Moving forward”=can be good and bad. If something bad occurs to you at work, an example being coming to work extremely work/reeking of alcohol. Your boss might mention, “We are moving forward with this issue”, which means he is highly disappointed in you and might fire you the next time you screw up. However, “moving forward” could also entail a project you have completed or are working on that displays extraordinary work ethic. You are now “moving forward” with your career opportunities at your respective company. (Moving forward, if this happens again, you won't have a job).
These are just some office “lingo” that you will hear being thrown every-which-way direction within your office. Just remember that some phrases have different connotations then they might seem. Always, no matter what, accept more work or responsibilities for your actions, especially if you are new, to gain acceptance from your boss and fellow employees.
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