(Reinvent the Wheel 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.)
Reinvent the Wheel
While those in the workplace who waste effort trying to create something that’s already been created can be annoying, they’re not nearly as annoying as those who constantly chastise everyone with “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel here.”
No, we suppose we don’t. Moreover, we’ll argue we don’t need to keep saying reinvent the wheel to cover virtually any improvement effort at work with which you disagree.
Of course, since you’ve made it your go-to catchphrase, you’ve accused others of trying to reinvent the wheel when they’re merely attempting to advance some process in need of an upgrade.
Continuous process improvement is a real thing for successful companies.
To those who spend their days accusing everyone at work of trying to reinvent the wheel, we retort “successful companies reinvent the wheel every chance they get!”
Of course, normal people understand no one is reinventing any wheels; they’re just continuing to improve so they can continue to grow market share or profits or both. If only there were no annoying managers in their way.
Replacement phrases: No replacement needed; embrace change and just stop saying this one.
See also: If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It
The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room is available on Amazon