|f/u [n.]||Shorthand for follow-up. Use w/ caution. "Make sure your whole team's prepared for the f/u."|
Suggested by Cindy T.
|F2F [exp.]||A really cute way of saying face-to-face.|
|Face time [n.]||1) The opportunity to sit down to discuss an issue in person. "I've been trying to get a little face time with the boss to go over this proposal, but she keeps blowing me off."|
2) Unproductive time spent at the office meant to project the image that you're a hardworking employee.
Suggested by Randi H.
|Facipulate [v.]||An unfortunate mix of 'facilitate' and 'manipulate', this contrived verb refers to influencing the course of a discussion by indirectly promoting particular lines of thought.|
Suggested by Ed T.
|Fact pattern [n.]||A set of supporting evidence. "Mary keeps calling in sick on the day of the sales presentations. Interesting fact pattern, don't you think?"|
Suggested by Bob S.
|Fairy dust [n.]||The finishing touches on a project. "Sprinkle the fairy dust on that one for me, will ya?"|
Suggested by Steve B.
|Faker's dozen [n.]||When someone calls out sick twelve times during a term, they've pulled off the "faker's dozen".|
Suggested by Jordan M.
|Fall guy [n.]||A scapegoat. After the buck is passed through the entire organization, it stops at this unfortunate person.|
|Fallen angels [n.]||Investments that once performed well but have declined in value.|
|Faulty-tasking [v.]||Taking on responsibilities to the point of being unacceptably error-prone at one or all of them.|
Suggested by Mad Casual.
|Featherbedding [v.]||Keeping jobs that aren't needed in order to please the union.|
|Feature creep [v.]||The tendency to continually add more features during the development of a product.|
|Feeding frenzy [n.]||Intense buying by consumers.|
|Feeding the gorilla [v.]||Making sure the core part of your business is satisfied while you do more important or interesting things.|
Suggested by Andy W.
|Fenestration [n.]||Windows. Please, please just say windows. "This 10th floor rental unit has excellent fenestration."|
|File thirteen [n.]||The garbage can.|
|Financial slack [n.]||The cash buffer that sustains operations until funding can be secured. "We're looking at 3 months FS, tops."|
Suggested by Nate B.
|Finger in the wind [exp.]||To reach a decision arbitrarily, with no clear rationale. "Don't put your finger in the wind and call it due diligence."|
Suggested by Sinking ship
|Finger-of-blame [n.]||An arbitrary method for selecting the person who will take responsibility for a mistake. Used most accurately when the blame is out of proportion with the actual error. "Uh-oh... the finger-of-blame finds ... YOU!"|
Suggested by DJ.
|Fire away [exp.]||Proceed whenever you're ready.|
|Fire fighting [v.]||Addressing a problem that must be solved immediately. "We've been fire fighting since last quarter's numbers were released."|
|Firestarter [n.]||Someone known for inventing / exaggerating problems, then calling countless meetings to find a solution and be the hero.|
Suggested by fefe
|Fish or cut bait [exp.]||To be forced to make a decision. "We're getting to the point where we have to either fish or cut bait on this one."|
|Fishbowl [exp.]||To be in the public spotlight.|
|Fishing expedition [n.]||1) A fact-finding mission.|
2) A concerted effort to find something -- anything -- wrong.
Suggested by Vic P.
|Fit for purpose [adj.]||Any good. "We need to evaluate whether this new software is fit for purpose."|
Suggested by Sue A.
|Flavor of the month [n.]||The most recent fad to hit Corporate America. Social-buying bubble, amirite?|
Suggested by Dave.
|Flight risk [n.]||An employee that is thought to be considering quitting.|
|Flub [v.]||To miss.|
|Fluff it and fly it [v.]||To make cosmetic improvements and then sell an item.|
|Flunky [n.]||A worker at the bottom of the corporate food chain.|
|Flush [adj.]||Possessing a large amount of money.|
|Fly-tipper [UK] [n.]||A manager who avoids confrontation by quietly dumping work on the desks of his team members when they're not around.|
Suggested by Jon H.
|Flying a kite [v.]||Initiating a project with no defined end point. Or starting point.|
Suggested by B. Potter.
|Flying circus [n.]||A flight by company management to inspect local operations.|
|Followship [n.]||The prized ability to obey direction without question. "Great followship leads to great leadership."|
|Food chain [n.]||An organization's hierarchy. "I'm going to send this up the food chain for approval."|
Suggested by D Ochoa.
|Foot on the ball time [UK-n.]||Borrowed from football, this is a chance to pause and gain control of a situation. "If you don't give me a little more foot on the ball time, I'm going to blow this presentation."|
Suggested by Sean.
|Foreseeable future [n.]||A conveniently flexible period of upcoming time that is often spoken about by management.|
|Former life [n.]||A clever way for speakers to refer to prior career positions. Most hilarious when their current job is drastically different in terms of field or seniority. "In a former life, I sold insurance door-to-door."|
Suggested by Sam M.
|Free cell [n.]||An empty cubicle that was formerly inhabited by someone who played one too many games of Free Cell.|
Suggested by JC.
|Free lunch [n.]||Something for nothing.|
|Free seminar [n.]||A sales presentation disguised as useful information.|
|From a ___ perspective [adj.]||Three words of unnecessary padding around the subject at hand. "We're low on toner, from an office supplies perspective."|
|Front burner [n.]||The opposite of back burner, obviously. Reserved for the most pressing matters. Please just don't use either.|
|FUBAR [adj.]||F***ed Up Beyond All Repair.|
|FUD factor [n.]||The amount of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt created in a customer during the sales process (which is then conveniently addressed by your product or service).|
Suggested by David R.
|Full optics [n.]||A complete view. "We don't have full optics on the situation presently."|
Suggested by BT.
|Full-court press [n.]||A term borrowed from basketball that is used to describe a maximum effort. "If we're going to regain our market share, we need a full-court press from your sales staff."|
|Function [v.]||To complete a task or action item. "Bob, make sure you function the inbox and delegate accordingly before leaving today.|
Suggested by kramtronix.
|Future-proof [adj.]||A product that is claimed to be resistant to obsolescence.|