How Just Ruined Our Email

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We recently read an Inc. article that provided a list of the 25 most ridiculously used phrases in the workplace. Now we’re thinking this motivational email we wrote won’t go over too well:

“At the end of the day, we have to go back to the drawing board to hit the ground running and get the ball rolling on picking that low-hanging fruit. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus, but it’s time to think outside the box.

Let’s touch base and take this offline (after you get my manager’s blessing) to get your project needs on my radar. Even though I don’t have the bandwidth right now – and have a lot on my plate – ping me. I’ll help you – it’s a no-brainer.

Make sure we are getting the best bang for our buck, as it’s par for the course. Provide an apples-to-apples comparison and it will be a win-win for everyone. When you are ready to move the goal post, the synergy between our company and theirs will be anything but the elephant in the room. It’s time to circle back around, put all hands on deck, and drill down on this people.”

What do you think?


  1. My colleague sent this to me and we had a good laugh. I had fun writing a similar response you posted, but it wasn’t so funny when I realized that I still use some of this corporate-speak. As someone noted in the many comments, some of those statements have become like short-hand…the boss can say “back to the drawing board” and you know exactly what that means without a long explanation.

  2. It’s so true! We can laugh all we want at how “ridiculous” they may be, but it is hard to completely erase them from our day-to-day. Thanks for reading!

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