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AIBU to not work on any projects which include the term "reach out"?

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rightsofwomen Fri 19-May-17 11:01:28

It makes me gag.
No one reached out, there was a discussion, or we approached them or we asked them a questions.

I work in science. I don't reach out to people, I work with them.

It's mainly one colleague who says it.

Just needed to get that off my chest!

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-May-17 11:04:12

What if your job is selling four tops records?

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-May-17 11:04:30

But if it isn't yanbu

SignoraStronza Fri 19-May-17 11:05:22

YANBU. Ditto to 'Moving forwards and misuse of the reflexive pronoun ' myself or another member of my team and we will arrange a meeting with yourselves.'

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Fri 19-May-17 11:06:04

The series Sons Of Anarchy was spoilt by the characters constantly 'reaching out' to other people.

Got right on my nerves.

KustardKat Fri 19-May-17 11:06:51

I hate this too! I think it is an Americanism that has crossed over the pond.

I also hate "myself" when used erroneously.

Also stupid corporate speak like "drill down". I think often people say things like this because they think it make them sound more clever. It doesn't.

aginghippy Fri 19-May-17 11:08:19

YANBU Is the colleague in question American? It's an Americanism.

rightsofwomen Fri 19-May-17 11:10:27

She is, but we have many non-native English speakers in our group and so it spreads quickly.

They should all speak the Queen's English like I do, goddammit!

Ifailed Fri 19-May-17 11:13:28

They are merely reaching out for the low-hanging fruit which they can then run up the flag pole to see if a paradigm shift is achieved.

aginghippy Fri 19-May-17 11:14:22

I used to work with a man from California. It took me a few weeks to understand that when he said he was 'reaching out' to someone, all he was doing was sending an email.

Leavesandburies Fri 19-May-17 11:16:55

It depends on whether you need to cascade any information as part of your role.

rightsofwomen Fri 19-May-17 11:18:19

STOP IT grin
[lies down in darkened room listening to Radio 4]

Ifailed Fri 19-May-17 11:29:41

It depends on whether you need to cascade any information as part of your role

True, but sometimes you need to think outside of the box and use out-of-band comms to reach the corporate eco-system if you want to amplify the message.

BurningViolin Fri 19-May-17 11:32:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pombearsandnaiceham Fri 19-May-17 11:35:32

Oh my god YANBU!! This also drives me mad.

MillieMoodle Fri 19-May-17 11:37:01

One of our senior partners sent this to everyone in the firm....hopefully the attachment will work!

iwouldgoouttonight Fri 19-May-17 11:39:54

YADNBU. This drives me insane. We had a meeting the other day to clarify what our jobs are because we've had a restructure. I was told my job involves blue-sky thinking about the institution's ecosystem. confused I need to leave don't I?

AvocadoHand Fri 19-May-17 11:39:56

This really used to piss me off but I've heard it so many times I'm desensitised.

Rachel0Greep Fri 19-May-17 11:45:20

Are you having a brown bag lunch, OP? Apparently that's another of the cascading, blue sky, low hanging fruit 'things'...

The first time some jumped up yoke told me to reach out to her, I felt a bit sick.

Jellytussle Fri 19-May-17 11:46:43

Aaargh. I hate this too. If people aren't fucking reaching out to me they're trying to connect with me or keeping me in a loop. Bastards the lot of them.

RichardSimmons Fri 19-May-17 11:53:38

The "myself" trend is the WORST! I think people think it sounds smarter or more formal but in actuality it makes my ears bleed.

TiredMumToTwo Fri 19-May-17 11:59:08

One of my team was working to solutionise something the other day whilst another colleague said he needed to socialise the message to other teams!!!!!!!

Chewbecca Fri 19-May-17 12:01:57


Whenever anyone says this in my office (multiple times a day) I always stretch an arm out to literally reach out to the offender.

They all probably think I am bonkers but hey ho.

Ethylred Fri 19-May-17 12:06:20

But I like low-hanging fruit!

[Reaches out for cluster of grapes.]

Hey do you see what I did there?

KustardKat Fri 19-May-17 12:38:55

Low hanging fruit makes me think of testicles....

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