(Unpack 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.)
You’ve just arrived at your hotel after a long flight. Likely, you want to simply unpack your luggage and chill. The act of unpacking in the real world is often a relaxing and almost always necessary activity.
Enter the self-proclaimed gurus from Human Resources. These annoying psycho-babblers hijacked a perfectly innocent word and made it mind-numbingly irritating.
Their use of unpack is never relaxing or necessary. It’s typical, annoying HR-trying-to-be-PC-at-the-sake-of-sanity garbage. If only unpack never made it beyond these yutzes, right?
Once the HR crew started discussing the need to unpack our feelings or an issue, the rest of the annoying managers grabbed hold.
Now, we can’t just have an idea, we need to unpack it. We can’t just present a solution, we need to unpack it. It’s gone beyond annoying… it’s insanity.
The first sign you work for an idiot boss often begins with, “Let’s unpack that,” after you or a colleague suggest something that never needed any unpacking. Hearing this, you and the rest of the team immediately question your decision to ever join this company.
Everyone, you see, knows everything is downhill after that gem.
Replacement phrases: Discover; Investigate; Discuss
See also: Triage
The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room is available on Amazon