We hear them all the time: those overused business clichés that should be banned from the workplace. They’re a dime a dozen and yet they show no sign of riding off into the sunset. We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff to bring you 25 truly irritating office phrases. These examples of office-speak are sure to leave you gritting your teeth. We’ve even included an example of how to use each phrase.
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Hit the Ground Running
"If we're going to beat the competition, we've got to get up early and hit the ground running."
"Preparing for the zombie apocalypse is a no-brainer."
Back of the Napkin
"Her plan for global domination is a back of the napkin idea, but it shows promise."
“The only way we're going to find a solution to this problem is with some blue-sky thinking.”
Think Outside of the Box
“Well, the blue-sky thinking didn't work, so now it's time to think outside of the box.”
In the Loop
“I'm going on holidays, but I would appreciate it if you'd keep me in the loop.”
“We need to drill down to find the root cause of why morale is so bad.”
“This new five-year plan is our roadmap to success.”
All Hands on Deck
"We're going to need all hands on deck in order to meet today's 5 o'clock deadline."
Let’s Take it Offline
"Since that particular issue doesn't affect everyone on the call, let's take it offline."
Business as Usual
“Despite laying off 75% of our workforce, it's still business as usual.”
“We need to work with the various stakeholders and come up with a solution to the vampire problem."
In It to Win It
“It's going to be a tough race, but we're in it to win it.”
Do More with Less
“In these tough economic times, we've got to do more with less.”
Strike While the Iron Is Hot
“If we're going to take advantage of this opportunity, we've got to strike while the iron is hot.”
"This is a gentle reminder to proofread your work before submitting it to me."
“The only way to beat the competition is to give 110%.”
“Ned's plan is a paradigm shift from what we've been doing.”
“In order to increase efficiency, we need to get rid of the low hanging fruit on staff.”
Ducks in a Row
“Before you make the presentation, make sure you have all your ducks in a row.”
"Since the campaign is launching early next week, we'll have to circle back tomorrow morning and go over what we have."
“Mike doesn't have enough bandwidth to lead the company."
Burning the Candle at Both Ends
“No wonder she's asleep at her desk, she's been burning the candle at both ends.”
PFA or Please Find Attached
"PFA the monthly report."
Wrap Our Heads Around It
“We tried to understand Bob's plan, but we couldn't wrap our heads around it.”
Rubber Meets the Road
“After all this planning, tomorrow's launch is where the rubber meets the road.”
Boots on the Ground
“We hope to have boots on the ground in Europe as soon as the deal is signed.”
Square the Circle
“We're never going to be able to work together unless we square the circle.”
Lipstick on a Pig
“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.”
“If we all work together, then it's a win-win for everyone.”