Thank goodness we’re no longer being implored to “think outside the box.”
But beware, new workplace buzzwords have stepped up to take its place.
For instance … going forward, as in, “Going forward, we will no longer … (fill in the blank).”
Why not say, “starting now” or “in the future”?
At least we’re “going forward” and not “going backward,” if that is the alternative.
There always are office buzzwords that sound novel at first. But it doesn’t take long for those trendy terms to begin grating on our ears.
Here are a few that have fallen out of favor:
Reach out. “Sarah asked me to reach out and touch base with you about … ” OK, you could make an argument for “touch base”, too. But you get the picture.
Game changer. “Losing the Smith account sure was a game changer.”
It is what it is. It does not sound nearly so profound and philosophical as most speakers believe it does, kind of like another abused phrase, the perfect storm. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where it can be rather annoying, especially when someone uses it twice in the same conversation.
Disconnect. “We’re experiencing a disconnect with the Sales department.”
Well you better re-connect it — and soon! Seriously, what does this term mean in this context? Is it good? Bad? Disconnect isn’t always a bad thing — as in “disconnect the battery before it catches fire.”
Cutting edge. “It’s cutting edge technology.”
Are we talking iPhones? Rotary dial phones? Tin cans and string? Each in its own time has been “cutting edge,” especially the tin cans, which back in the day had metal lids that, when cut off by a can opener, would slice your fingers to bits if you weren’t careful.
And besides, who would want to talk about something that is “dull edge”?
A golden oldie:
End of the day: “At the end of the day, all that really matters is …”
When you hear this do you visualize a sunset. Or do you think of the following morning, when something entirely different really matters?
In summation, going forward I would like to reach out to you and suggest you disconnect from this cutting-edge jargon, because at the end of the day, not being an annoying speaker could be a real game changer for you.