There’s a lot of jargon out there in the working world, and you only really need to know a fraction of it. We’ve collected the most common office lingo right here for your perusal. Learn well, young padawan, and you’ll soon be speaking tongues...
Going forward – alt. moving forward
As in: “We’ll take that into account, going forward.” Basically means ‘in the future’.
A term used for ‘easy business’ or a ‘quick win’.
Get all my ducks in a row
‘Sort myself out’/’Get organised’.
A Powerpoint presentation. Yes, like the ones you did in school.
As in: “We need to incentivise our workforce.” Means ‘motivate’, basically.
As in: “Let’s action that.” It means ‘do’ something.
Not enough bandwidth
As in: “Sorry Dave, could you give it to Maggie? I haven’t enough bandwidth.”
Feed the beast
Keep someone, usually a client, sweet.
Huge category, this. We’ve pulled up the highlights.
CTR Click-through rate
CTA Call to action
CPC Cost per click
OOO Out of office
SEO Search engine optimisation (i.e. getting to the top of Google search rankings)
PR Public Relations
COP/COB Close of play/close of business (i.e. 5.30 PM)
ETA Estimated time of arrival
LMK “Let me know”
OTP/IAM “On the phone”/”In a meeting”
CPU Cost per unit (or ‘central processing unit)
ROI Return on investment
And to finish…
Some of the weirder ones.
This term is a replacement for ‘brainstorm’ in some organisations. Each to their own, we suppose.
Basically, what somebody is good at: “Her core competency is social media.” Just replace with ‘skills’.
We’re not reinventing the wheel
I.e. “we’re doing something really obvious”.
Open the kimono
Not – not what you’re thinking! This means to disclose information, possibly to a third party, e.g. “Let’s open the kimono and tell our clients everything about that massive security scandal we had last month.” Or not, possibly.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list, but at least, come your first day, you might have an idea what’s going on. If all goes wrong, Urban Dictionary is your friend. And who knows – perhaps you’ll actually use some of it!
Susanna Quirke writes for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment firm which specialises in sourcing candidates for internship jobs and giving out graduate careers advice. To hire graduates or browse graduate jobs London, visit our website.