If you work in a busy corporate environment, you’ve probably come across the acronym EOBD. But what does EOBD mean? And how to use it correctly? Here’s everything you need to know…
The way businesses operate has changed dramatically over the past few decades. At the time, things were moving at a snail’s pace. Need a new contract for one of your suppliers? By courier, it would take 3-4 days. Or, if you wanted to do it faster, you could fax it or use a courier. Anyway, this way of proceeding allowed to slow down the activities.
The advent of the Internet, the rise of e-mail and, of course, cell phones has been the biggest change in global economies since the industrial revolution. New ways to do business, grow businesses, and generate more sales, revenue, and profits have emerged almost overnight, changing the face of business as we know it.
And with these big sweeping changes came new business-focused acronyms – acronyms like EOBD. The purpose of acronyms, most of the time, is to convey a message or meaning with fewer words. This saves time for both the author and the recipient, provided both parties know what the acronym actually stands for. If they aren’t, it slows things down – confusion is the enemy of productivity, after all.
If you’re new to the corporate world or are still trying to find your footing in a new company, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the use of new and exotic acronyms, as you can do online when you are confronted with slang like XOXO. One of the most commonly used acronyms in places of business, and one that is consistently misunderstood, is EOBD. So what does EOBD actually mean?
What does EOBD mean?
EOBD is an acronym used in business, public and corporate locations, as well as retailers and other delivery services. EOBD stands for End of Business Day. For example, you can use EOBD to notify your manager that your report will be completed and completed EOBD, which is usually around 5 p.m.
When people use EOBD, it is used as a delay or a measure of time. I want so much for this to be done EOBD; or, I need this EOBD. The short and punchy nature of EOBD has led to its adoption by businesses large and small. It’s most commonly used in text messages, instant messaging chats in platforms such as Teams and Slack, and in email.
If you receive an email, text, or instant message with EOBD at the end of the message, it means you MUST finish whatever you are doing by the end of the day, usually around 5 or 6 p.m. The use of B in EOBD changes the context of the acronym, however, as it relates specifically to business hours, not the actual end of the day (midnight).
EOBD vs. EOD – What’s the difference?
If you’re dealing with a client or your manager’s task at work, they’ll almost certainly use EOBD if they’re prone to using acronyms. In the workplace, you’ll see EOBD on memos, emails, text messages, IM chats, and used on bulletin boards. If you see EOBD, it means your task – whether it’s a report, a search, or an errand – needs to be completed and/or completed before close of business hours.
The difference between EOBD and EOD is simple: EOBD relates to business hours, while EOD relates to the actual end of the day – so midnight. For example, let’s say you have a university report that you need to submit. Your speaker might say bring it to me EOD. If he said that, you could technically submit the report at 11:59 p.m. and still have it on time, because it’s before the end of the day.
How to use EOBD correctly
If you want to start using EOBD in your emails and with your team, it’s actually very simple. Here are some examples of the correct use of EOBD in emails, SMS and instant messages:
- Hey, I need that EOBD invoice
- Do you know if this will be supplemented by the EOBD?
- Is the project on schedule to complete the EOBD?
- What time is EOBD where you live?
EOBD is just an acronym you might come across in the workplace or online. If you want to learn more about internet and business acronyms and slang, check out our Internet Slang and Acronyms Databaseit has tons of the most commonly used slang words and acronyms, explained with guides on how to use them correctly.
Richard Goodwin has worked as a technical journalist for over 10 years. He is the publisher and owner of KnowYourMobile.