(Get into Bed is an annoying business term and is just one of the 212 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Effuse, Confuse, and Overuse detailed in the hilarious must-have guide for every workplace: The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room. Available right now on Amazon.)
Get into Bed
Your manager is a misogynist ass, we get it. Now, he’s advocating you get into bed with a client.
Oh! The! Humanity!
Lighten up, Francis; he’s using an idiotic and outdated figure of speech so crude it will likely land him in the human resources office at some point – just not today. Today, he’s simply asking you in a completely tired, clichéd way to develop a close business relationship with the client.
He’s not asking you to sleep with them – though he’s probably wishing you would.
Hearing get into bed in today’s workplace should make you feel embarrassed for the person saying it. It’s outdated; and in an era where a first grader can get suspended for chewing their PB&J sandwich into the shape of a gun, managers should be more careful with their words.
It seems everyone is looking for a reason to be offended or prove their failures-to-date are based on some unseen oppression. If you’re an unthinking manager still using get into bed instead of “build a relationship,” we’re hopeful you’re very near retirement. If not, your vocabulary needs a 21st Century upgrade.
Replacement phrases: Build a relationship
See also: Connect With; Face Time
The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room is available on Amazon