Office Lingo You Need to Know

Every office uses formal language for communication. As an employee, they expect you to learn them by yourself and would really appreciate if you knew them prior to joining work. The office lingos are specific and always work related. The range of such a language can be slightly different from one company to another, but it’s largely the same. Here’s a heads up on few such terms that’ll come handy in an office meeting.

  • Agenda: An agenda is precisely like a time- table. It lists the activities in the order that they will proceed in a meeting.
  • Documentation: Documentation refers to the process of recording your work. Basically, it involves making a note of the projects you have done/ currently taken up, the methods and the technology used, the results, the problems and the solutions. This is to ensure that the database is updated with work assigned and completed by the employee and to make sure none of it is repeated thereafter. Documentation is also very useful while transferring the work from one employee to another.
  • High tea: A high tea is a brief, formal gathering for the employees and the management, to discuss casual business or raise a toast for the company’s success and such matters. Otherwise informal gatherings like these are called breakout meetings.
  • Knowledge Transferred (KT): KT are sessions for newly joined employees in the company, that happen for a day or a couple of days. They are introduced to the ways and protocols of the company and all they need to know regarding their work and reporting
  • Minutes of Meeting: It’s a record of the events that happened in a meeting with important details that is later distributed to every person who was a part of the conference. The record includes the names of the people present at the meeting, the details that were discussed and the agenda.
  • Print: In a project, there are certain deadlines that need to be met in order to move forward. When these deadlines are met, the employees need to submit a draft of that result to their superior of the project head. These drafts are called prints. For example, at the submission of the first deadline, it is referred to as the first print.
  • Review: A review stands for client approval. When a product is released into the market via deployment, the feedback it receives from the client who ordered for it, is the review.

These above- mentioned terms are only a tiny part of office speak. Once you join a corporate company, you’ll often come across formal and informal language that is either used for precision and to avoid lengthy explanations or just for fun!