Off the shelf – A product available in the open market or something that is not custom made. E.g. “We’re not going to find an off the shelf solution for this.”
Offline (take it offline) – To discuss something at a later time. Typically said in a meeting with another focus and someone brings up a topic unrelated or that requires a lengthy discussion and will distract from the topic at hand. E.g. “Let’s take this offline” See also Parking Lot.
Offshore – The moving of an activity or funds away from the country. E.g. “It looks like they’ve decided to offshore the work effort.”
Offsite – A meeting held at a non-enterprise location. E.g. “Let’s have an offsite meeting.” See also onsite.
Onboarding – The initial process for a new employee when starting a new job to learn different functions and skills. E.g. “Sally will be going through the onboarding process starting Tuesday.”
One-off – Something which is not mainstream or part of the existing process. E.g. “This issue is a one-off from all the others.”
One-on-One – A meeting between two people. E.g. “Let’s schedule a one-on-one and we can discuss this.”
Onshore – Something within the country. E.g. “This is an onshore team.”
Onsite – Something within the enterprise locations. E.g. “The meeting will be held onsite.” See also offsite.
OotO – Out of the Office. Sometimes pronounced ootoo. E.g. “I will be OotO the next week.”
Organic – Something naturally created as opposed to something that has been forced to happen. E.g. “We prefer that this be an organic process.”
Organization – Everyone in a company. E.g. “Everyone in the organization will be participating.”
Outcome – The result. E.g. “This is one of the outcomes that we were looking for.”
Out of Pocket – Not available. E.g. “I will be out of pocket the next few days.”
Outfit – An organization or company. E.g. “Which outfit do you work for?”
Outside the box – Something that is not traditional. Traditional thinking would be “inside” the box. E.g. “We are going to have to think outside the box for a solution to this one.”
Ownership – The responsible party. E.g. “Who is going to take ownership of this problem?”