Busting the Office Jargons
Career advice columnist Penelope Trunk offers a new book which tries to debunk officespeak. A glimpse:
Let’s think out of the box really means, “Can you creatively anemic people please come up with something?” The person who says, “Let’s think out of the box” is usually desperate for a new idea and surrounded by people who are not known for generating ideas. So the phrase is actually an announcement that says, “I’m in trouble.”
Let’s run the numbers and see how they look means, “I know they look bad on first blush. But the true use of Excel is to keep changing the formulas until you find a format that makes the numbers look good.”
Whew. I’m lucky we use Bahasa Indonesia at work.