Office meetings, status checks, sessions, conferences, briefings, taking minutes and losing hours… Call it whatever you want. Every company has them at least once a week (and the ones that say they don’t have them even more often). And everyone really looks forward to them.
Office newspeak? Corporate bullshit? Linguistic thriftiness goes hand in hand with the pressure for workplace efficiency. Abbreviations for English business phrases and industry phrases have become so natural for us Czechs that in many cases we don’t even bother to seek Czech equivalents.
It’s a big deal when a teammate leaves your company. Either you can’t stand them, and so you break out in a burst of joy and shamelessly steal their ergonomic chair while they’ll still in their notice period. Or it’s someone who’s grown on you, and that’s not as fun. And the absolute worst variant is when it’s your friend. Because in that case their departure is a pure, unbridled BETRAYAL. And for that, they’ll pay!
At first you’ll start laughing — it will all sound ridiculous. But then your smile will freeze on your face as you realize that what you’re seeing on stage may not be far from real life. Welcome to one office’s microcosm. Welcome to the play My Boss Is Dumb.
In a way, a company Christmas party is a reward for employees’ efforts at their jobs throughout the year. But for some people, it’s also a dangerous event—one where they become “famous” at the company. If you’ve got a Christmas party coming up, make sure that none of these 10 sentences ever leave your lips.
If a curious reporter stopped you on the street and asked you what a phone, wifi, or hashtag is, you’d definitely stand up straight, put on your game face, breathe in deep, and deliver an informed answer. And make a fool of yourself. Study our digital dictionary to learn the real right answers!