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Common Workplace Abbreviations and Business Acronyms

Common Workplace Abbreviations and Business Acronyms


  1. ASAP

ASAP = as soon as possible (If this is an Email from your boss, drop everything else and work on the report!)

E.g. “Send me the report ASAP”.

  1. FYI

FYI = for your information (When you share information to keep people in the loop, it’s FYI.)

E.g. “FYI, this is the update I got from the team.”

  1. EOD

EOD = end of day (End of day can mean before closing time or before you or Roohi leave for the day, whichever happens first.)

E.g. “John, I will send you the details by tomorrow EOD”.

  1. ATTN

ATTN=attention (Used to indicate who a letter is for)

E.g. “Attn: John Smith”

  1. N/A

N/A= not applicable (It is used to indicate when information in a certain table cell is not provided, either because it does not apply to a particular case in question or because the answer is not available.)

E.g.  “How old is your son?: N/A” (because the person is still single).

  1. COB

COB =Close of business (Used to refer to the end of a working day, usually when stating a deadline)

E.g. “This is just a reminder that the survey is still open and will remain open until COB today

  1. COD

COD = cash on delivery (It is a mode of payment; you pay when the goods are delivered.)

E.g. “We don’t have to pay the printer now. It’s COD.”

  1. TBD

TBD = to be decided (You will know it eventually.)

E.g. “No. of participants: TBD”

  1. RSVP

RSVP= Répondez s’il vous plait (RSVP is indeed French and it stands for répondez s’il vous plaît. It literally means “please respond”. RSVP is now a fixed idiom, even in French.)

E.g. “RSVP to John by April the 20th”

Other Business Abbreviations You Should Know

Some abbreviations can be used in emails or chatting online, some are specific to the virtual workplace.

      1. Acct – Account
      2. Ad– Advertisement
      3. Approx – Approximately
      4. APR – Annual percentage rate
      5. BS- Bachelor of Science Degree
      6. B2B – Business to business
      7. BA – Bachelor of Business Administration Degree
      8. CEO – Chief Executive Officer
      9. CFO – Chief Financial Officer
      10. – Company
      11. Corp. – Corporation
      12. CSR – Customer Sales Representative
      13. Dept. – Department
      14. Div – Division
      15. – Each
      16. EST – Eastern Standard Time (the time on the East Coast of the United States and some Canadian provinces)
      17. FAQ – Frequently Asked Question
      18. FWD – Forward
      19. GDP – Gross Domestic Product
      20. – Government
      21. HQ – Headquarters
      22. Inc. – Incorporated
      23. ISO – International Organization for Standardization
      24. – Junior
      25. – Pound (weight)
      26. LLC – Limited liability company
      27. Max – Maximm
      28. MBA – Master of Business Administration Degree
      29. Memo- Memorandum
      30. Mfg– Manufacturing
      31. – Minium
      32. Mo – Month
      33. No – Number
      34. Pkg – Package
      35. PO – Purchase order
      36. PR – Public relations
      37. Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 – First quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter
      38. Qty – Quantity
      39. R&D – Research and Development
      40. Re – In regards to, regarding
      41. – Received
      42. ROI – Return on Investment
      43. SWOT – Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats
      44. Temp – Temporary Secretary
      45. VP – Vice President
      46. W/ – With
      47. W/O – Without
      48. Yr. – Year
      49. 404 – Abbreviation for the “Error 404 – Not Found” message displayed when coming across a dead link online. Can also mean lost or confused, e.g. “After coming out of the weekly staff meeting, I still felt 404.”
      50. COOP – Continuity of operations planning.
      51. EOM – End of message.
      52. EOT – End of thread.
      53. ESP – Email service provider
      54. FWIW – “For what it’s worth.” Commonly used in email communications.
      55. IAM – “In a meeting.”
      56. IM – instant message.
      57. IMO – “In my opinion.” Commonly used in email communications or IMHO – “in my humble opinion.”
      58. KPI – Key performance indicator.
      59. KRA – Key result area.
      60. MBO – Management by objectives.
      61. NSFW – Not Safe For Work. Your college buddy has just sent you a link titled “Check this out! (NSFW).” Don’t click on it if you value your job.
      62. NWR – Not work related.
      63. OLT – Online Training.
      64. OTP – “On the phone.”
      65. RACI – tool used to assign roles and responsibilities to team members. Stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed.
      66. ROWE – Results Only Work Environment.
      67. SMART – used in goal setting, it stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable or Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
      68. SME – subject matter expert.
      69. SNS – Social network site.
      70. SOHO – Small Office / Home Office.
      71. VC – Virtual Class.
      72. VLE – Virtual learning environment.
      73. VPN – Virtual private network.
      74. VW – virtual worker.
      75. VWVW – virtual worker at virtual workplace.
      76. WAH – Work At Home, see WFH.
      77. WBT – Web-based training.
      78. WIIFM – “What’s in it for me?”
      79. WFH – Work From Home.
      80. 401k – A common type of US retirement savings plan
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