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Examples of Jargon in the Workplace

There are many examples of jargon in the workplace. Whether it is the typical colloquial
language that is heard in a caf or the stuff that you might say or hear in a cubicle or around a
water cooler in the office, workplace jargon is very common.
Workplace Jargon Examples
Below are a few examples of popular buzz phrases that constitute many of the most-used
phrases in workplace jargon:

Land and expand - Workplace jargon meaning to sell a small solution to a client and
then once the solution has been sold, to expand upon the same solution in the client's
environment

Blue-sky thinking - A visionary idea without always having a practical application

Think outside the box - This term means to not limit your thinking; it encourages
creativity with regards to your job description

The helicopter view - An overview of a job or a project

Get our ducks in a row - Order and organize everything efficiently and effectively

Drink our own champagne - A term meaning that a business will use the same product
that they sell to their customers. The champagne is an indicator a good product.

End-user perspective - What the customer thinks about a product or service. It also is
an indicator of a how a client would feel after having used the product or service.

Pushing the envelope - This basically means to go outside of what is seen as normal
corporate boundaries in order to attain a goal or secure a target

Moving forward - Workplace jargon meaning getting things accomplished or making


progress

Boil the ocean - To attempt to do something that is impossible

Heavy lifting - This refers to the most difficult aspects of a project, as in, "Bill is doing all
the heavy lifting for us!"

Face time - The time spent with a customer or client in person as opposed to on the
phone or online

Hard copy - A physical print-out of a document rather than an electronic copy

No call, no show - An individual who neither shows up for the day nor calls in with a
reason

Hammer it out - To type something up

Cubicle farm - A section of the office that contains worker's cubicles

Win-win situation - A solution where all parties are satisfied with the results

Desk job - Term for a job that is typically confined to duties from a desk, rather than
one that requires standing or moving around

Kept in the loop - This is a common phrase used to mean a person who is informed
about what's going on with a project or plan

Pick the low hanging fruit - Choose the simplest option or avenue to accomplish a task

When you hear these phrases in the corporate world, you'll know have a better understanding
of what they mean. Remember, every business and every industry has its own jargon; so, you'll
need to know not just general slang but also the industry specific jargon where you are
employed.
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Career in Baking and Pastry Making
Professional Designations of Baking and Pastry Making Industry
With the increasing number of bakeries, restaurants, hotels, stores, etc. the demand for
professional bakers is increasing. They can engage in different roles from sales, baking and
management of corporate support staff to the owner of their own bakery. There are various
opportunities available in this career. Some of the designations in this field are given below:
Pastry Chef or Ptissier : A pastry chefs role is not limited to making pastries. He is the in charge
of the dessert menu. She/he does all the necessary preparation of the various desserts. Many
pastry chefs also perform administrative duties such as preparing budgets and ordering
supplies for pastry making.
Bakers : A baker is responsible for making a wide range of breads, pastries and other baked
goods. Becoming a baker requires a great amount of training as this is a highly skilled job. A
baker should be the master in using a large number of tools for producing quality baked items.
Food Service Managers : Food service managers are responsible for organizing, managing, and
coordinating all the daily functions of the staff within their department. Food service managers
perform the duties like; scheduling, hiring, training, inventory, ordering and inspecting of work
stations.
Cake Decorator : A cake decorator works at a bakery, grocery store or specialty cake shop and
decorates cakes using a variety of tools, materials and food items. Cake decorators prepare
icings, apply toppings and decorate cakes by writing customized messages.
Bakery Technologist: The bakery technologist is responsible for the development, creating,
launching and implementing new products and commercialization of new and existing
products. They are responsible for the management and analysis of R&D projects.
Bakery Sanitation Manager: They are responsible for general sanitation of the plant. Looking
after all on-the-job activities, product safety, legality, quality, etc.

10 characteristics of great employees that Ive identified:


1.

Dont wait for a title or compensation to do something.

Jerry Rice said today I will do what others wont, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others
cant.
2.

Solve problems.

Fix things that are broken. The tough things that others arent willing to tackle. The path to
success is a difficult one for those who focus their energy on the mundane tasks that anyone
can do. Those who create value are the ones who fix the big problems that companies face.
3.

Be an Opportunist.

I once read a funny saying that I thought was spot-on. Dear Pessimist, Realist and Optimist,
while you were arguing over the glass, I drank the water. Too many organizations are filled
with people who talk but dont execute. Identify opportunities and then go all in.
4.

Earn it.

Dont ever adopt a mindset of entitlement. We all know that were worth something, but we
arent owed anything. Even as President of Service Express, I have scorecards and ROIs that
measure how Im doing. I may be President of Service Express, but Ill never rest on my
laurels. I know that each day I must continue to earn my title for the owners and for my
employees. And I wouldnt have it any other way!
5.

Dont show up for a paycheck.

Show up because youre passionate about what you do, who you work for, and you believe in
your product or service. The money will follow.
6.

Move.

Dont wait for the timing or circumstances to be just right, they rarely are. Learn to make the
best decisions you can then activate.
7.

Become a people person.

And I dont mean socialize more. Intentionally surround yourself with the right people. A
players. People who will inspire you to be better and achieve better results. Then invest in
other people and treat everyone with respect.
8.

Learn.

Leaders are learners. Read books and magazines, listen to CDs, attend a seminar or a training
course, blog, and network with other professionals and share best practices. Meet with others
in your business to gain perspective.
9.

Be yourself.

You bring something unique and valuable. It makes you different. Dont try to fit a mold, if
you do youll find yourself expending all your energy trying to be someone that youre not and

neglecting the value that you bring. And ultimately, youll be found out eventually anyway
because we all revert back to who we are. Find someone who appreciates you for being you.
10. Own it.
Your successes and your failures. In interviews, I listen intently as to how others describe their
failures. Do they talk about what they did, how they learned, and how they became better, or
do they blame a boss, coworker or a company. Everyone has failures and successes. Leaders
own them and become better.

Policies and Procedures


A set of policies are principles, rules, and guidelines formulated or adopted by an
organization to reach its long-term goals and typically published in a booklet or other form
that is widely accessible.
Policies and procedures are designed to influence and determine all major decisions and
actions, and all activities take place within the boundaries set by them. Procedures are the
specific methods employed to express policies in action in day-to-day operations of the
organization. Together, policies and procedures ensure that a point of view held by the
governing body of an organization is translated into steps that result in an outcome
compatible with that view.