The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary: H-wordsDo you wonder where your co-workers picked up all the ridiculous things they say? From fresh-faced interns to top management, everyone drops one of these gems occasionally. We can only hope that you're not here to actually add buzzwords to your vocabulary.
|Hack it [v.]||To be successful. "Do you think she can hack it?"|
|Halo effect [exp.]||The idea that past experiences can affect future decisions.|
|Hammer out [v.]||To reach a consensus after a long debate.|
|Hammock task [n.]||An assignment with very little work or responsibility. "If you stop giving me hammock tasks, maybe I could earn that raise."|
Suggested by Sam M.
|Hand-grenade close [adj.]||Roughly on-target, but with room for error. "Just get those numbers hand-grenade close and the client won't know the difference."|
|Hand-holding [v.]||Helping someone perform a task that, because of inexperience or incompetence, they cannot complete on their own. "I am so sick of hand-holding the new guy through all of our billing procedures."|
Suggested by David.
|Hang the bell on the cat [v.]||Deliberate risk-taking and leadership. "Trade secrets be damned. Bell the cat and get our name out there."|
Suggested by Lou.
|Hard hat [n.]||A derogatory term for a manual labourer. "This new robot will let us axe three hard hats."|
|Hard stop [n.]||The definite end of a meeting that is often announced beforehand. "The client is visiting this afternoon so we have a hard stop at two."|
|Hard-nosed [adj.]||Stubborn. Often difficult to work with.|
|Hardball [n.]||Aggressive business tactics.|
|Hatchet man [n.]||A low-ranking manager given the task of firing people.|
|Haul [n.]||A large amount of money.|
|Head shed [n.]||The offices of top company leadership. "…well if you're so convinced, why don't you ride on up to the head shed and demand an audience?"|
Suggested by Vinnie B.
|Head shunting [v.]||The secret hiring of a head hunter to persuade an ineffectual employee to take a position at another firm. Nicely eliminates the mess of having to fire someone.|
|Head winds [n.]||Factors that slow progress. Also a convenient way to externalize the blame for project delays.|
Suggested by Tony.
|Head-count freeze [exp.]||A lack of available jobs at a given company.|
|Head-down [adj.]||Describes the process of working completely uninterrupted. "I have a client meeting in two hours so I'm going to be head-down and not taking any calls."|
Suggested by Matt.
|headdesk [n.]||One's inevitable reaction to poor treatment or abject stupidity in the workplace. "YOU: Looks like those raises are going to be delayed another three months. ME: headdesk."|
Suggested by Merlion.
|Headlight [v.]||To bring up a topic for discussion before it becomes a greater issue.|
|Headline [n.]||A single sentence summary. "Look Charles, I'm going to give you the headline: We're downsizing and tomorrow is your last day."|
Suggested by Elle B. and uplah
|Heads up [n.]||A notification or early warning. "I just wanted to give you the heads up about the latest contracts."|
|Heavy lifting [n.]||The hard work.|
|Heisman, the [exp.]||Kept at arm's length; denied. "I almost closed my last few sales calls, but they keep throwing up The Heisman."|
Suggested by Pete.
|Helicopter view [n.]||An overview or summary of an issue. "I've got 30 seconds so give me the helicopter view."|
|Her-assment [v.]||Sexual harassment by a woman.|
|Herding cats [exp.]||A difficult course of action. "Motivating you people is like herding cats!"|
|Heritage [n.]||The markets and business practices that have been a part of an organization since its inception. "If we don't evolve from our heritage, we'll be insolvent within a year."|
|Heyday [n.]||The best of times.|
|High-wire act [n.]||A risky business situation.|
|HiPo [adj.]||High Potential. "Word on the street is that he went to Wharton... I'm thinking HiPo."|
Suggested by Michelle.
|HiPPO [v.]||Highest Paid Person's Opinion. The deciding factor in workplace arguments. "What can we do to get HIPPO buy-in on this layout.|
|Hired guns [n.]||Specialized professionals hired by an organization.|
|Hit the fan [v.]||When a situation gets out of control.|
|Homing from work [v.]||Using technology to keep in touch with personal concerns while at work.|
|Horizontal [n.]||A shortened version of another buzzword, 'horizontal market.' In this context it refers to a product that benefits a wide range of companies/industries. "We have several horizontals with the potential to become serious revenue streams."|
Suggested by Geoff M.
|Hosed [adj.]||1) Non-functional, usually in reference to technology.|
2) In deep trouble.
"If we can't get these reports printed before this afternoon's meeting, we're hosed."
Suggested by Ben S.
|Hot buttons [exp.]||A management idea that each employee should be responsible for decision-making.|
|Hot under the collar [exp.]||Angry.|
|Hot-desking [v.]||The practice of having a group of employees share a section on unassigned desks.|
|Hum a few bars [v.]||A request to provide a verbal summary. "Your report was far too long. Can you hum a few bars?"|
Suggested by Lea G.
|Human capital [n.]||A new way of referring to employees as living assets.|
|Hump day [n.]||The middle of the week (Wednesday). Settle down.|
|Hunker-down [adj.]||To prepare for difficult business challenges ahead. "We need to hunker-down for the next round of plant shut-downs at GM."|
|Hush money [n.]||A bribe to ensure that certain information isn't revealed publicly.|
|Hypertasking [v.]||The practice of combining several unrelated activities into one. This often blurs the lines between personal and professional time.|