Are you Guilty of These Office Cliches?

In our world of the internet these days, slang and acronyms, cliches just don’t seem to impress people anymore. Many people may find these euphemisms to be overused words. Most of these words cause co-workers to become deafened by them. It is important to understand how to use these common office phrases and when to use them.

1. A win-win situation: Is a term often used in and out of the workplace.

2. Think outside the box: meaning to think outside of what people would consider the norm.

3. Going forward: From now on. In the future.

4. Giving it 110%: To go above and beyond what is expected of you from your co-workers or boss.

5. At the end of the day: Unless it is really the end of the day, say ”Finally”, “Ultimately”.

6. Raise the bar: To expand the limits and reach for the top.

7. Ball is in your court: It is up to you to make the next decision or step, (it took a while to realize that we were playing a game).

8. Best of breed: Used to describe the best representative of a breed, a category, a product.

9. Take it to the next level: to make something better.

10. It is what it is: To mean, “It is not going to change”.

11. Scalable: The capability of a process to handle a growing amount of work. Or a potential to be enlarged to accommodate that growth. More here.

12. Down the Road: Means you will handle the situation or expect something at a later date.

13. Hit the ground running: To get started on your project immediately and while focused.


There are reasons why people use cliché words in the office. They are generally to:

* seem intellectual

* impress their boss or colleagues

* mask the truth

* hide incompetence


Which of these 11 office cliches do u use most often?


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