Buzzwords and jargon, there’s no way to avoid them creeping into the workplace. Or is there? You might think twice when you consider their potential impact on the bottom line.
If you have the bandwidth, let’s double down and do a deep dive on the joined-up thinking needed to drill down on this data-driven paradigm before we socialise the proposal … and then let’s see if we can boil the ocean!
In October 2018 Professor Rae Cooper, Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School tweeted that there were a few buzzwords she’d like not to hear again, inviting her followers to add their favourites using the hashtag #stopsayingthisplease .
Responses rolled in: ‘leverage’, ‘circle back’, ‘drill down’, ‘reach out’. The list goes on, including Cooper’s personal favourite, ‘double down’.
“Unless they play cards, no-one knows what ‘double down’ even means,” she says.
You might have recognised some buzzwords that you hear at work, or even some you use, but do you really know what they mean? More importantly, are they appropriate for the workplace?