40 workplace acronyms you should know!

If you are like most people, you deal with scores of emails every day. Sometimes, these emails come with three letter acronyms that are not always easy to understand without the help of Google. While searching one of these terms takes a few seconds, the frequency of their appearance in professional communications requires everyone to know a handful. We are certain you will agree that it helps to know the most commonly used ones in business communication. Here, we have compiled a list of 40 most popular acronyms in business communications today:

  1. ASAP – As Soon As Possible
  2. B2B – Business To Business
  3. B2C – Business To Consumer
  4. EOD – End Of Day/End Of Discussion
  5. ETA – Estimated Time Of Arrival
  6. FYI – For Your Information
  7. MSRP – Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price
  8. NDA – Non-Disclosure Agreement
  9. NRN – No Reply Necessary
  10. QC – Quality Control
  11. R&D – Research And Development
  12. RFP – Request For Proposal
  13. ROI – Return On Investment
  14. SEO – Search Engine Optimization
  15. DM – Direct Message
  16. ICYMI – In Case You Missed It
  17. NSFW – Not Safe For Work
  18. EOW –  End of week
  19. YTD – Year to date
  20. CPC – Cost per click
  21. SWOT – Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats
  22. MVP – Minimum Viable Product
  23. BTW – By the way
  24. ATTN – Attention
  25. COB – Close of Business
  26. COD – Cash on Delivery
  27. RSVP – Repondez s’il vous plait (French – Literally “Answer please!”)
  28. N/A – Not Applicable
  29. FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
  30. PO – Purchase Order
  31. KPI – Key Performance Indicators
  32. EOM – End of Message
  33. EOT – End of Thread
  34. FWIW – For What It’s Worth
  35. WIIFM – What’s In It For Me
  36. IAM – In A Meeting
  37. ROWE – Result Only Work Environment
  38. WFH – Work From Home
  39. SME – Subject Matter Expert
  40. KRA – Key Result Area

Although the above list is not exhaustive, gives you a starting point. Getting familiar with these acronyms is necessary because they are even beginning to make occasional appearances in daily conversations.