Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Decoding the 50 Most Common Workplace Acronyms

Do you find yourself scribbling down a bunch of letters you hear someone mention at a meeting and rushing to your desk to google it right after? Acronyms and abbreviations have become commonplace in most offices and are thrown around during meetings, lunches and even over coffee. To avoid looking inexperienced and confused, we’ve put together an ultimate cheat sheet of the most common acronyms you’ll hear at the workplace. You’re welcome :) 

  1. BID: Break it down
  2. COB: Close of business
  3. CPC: Cost per click
  4. CR: Conversion rate
  5. CRM: Customer relationship management
  6. CTA: Call to action
  7. CTR: Click through rate
  8. EOD: End of day
  9. EOM: End of message
  10. EOT: End of thread
  11. EOW: End of week
  12. ETA: Estimated time of arrival
  13. FTE: Full-time employee
  14. FWIW: For what it’s worth
  15. HR: Human Resources
  16. IAM: In a meeting
  17. IMO: In my opinion
  18. KISS: Keep it simple stupid
  19. KPI: Key performance indicator
  20. LET: Leaving early today
  21. LMK: Let me know
  22. MoM: Month over month
  23. MTD: Month to date
  24. NIM: No internal message
  25. NRN: No reply necessary
  26. NWR: Not work-related
  27. OOO: Out of office
  28. OT: Off topic
  29. OTP: On the phone
  30. P&L: Profit and loss
  31. PM: Project manager
  32. POC: Point of contact
  33. PPC: Pay per click
  34. PR: Public Relations
  35. PTE: Part-time employee
  36. PTO: Paid time off
  37. QA: Quality assurance
  38. R&D: Research and development
  39. Re: Referring to
  40. RFD: Request for discussion
  41. ROI: Return on investment
  42. SMART: Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound
  43. SME: Subject matter expert
  44. TED: Tell me, explain to me, describe to me
  45. TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read
  46. TOS: Terms of service
  47. TYT: Take your time
  48. WFH: Work from home
  49. WOM: Word of mouth
  50. YTD: Year to date
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