If there is a problem at work and I want to convey to others at a similar level to me, that I would like to solve the problem "between ourselves" and not involve the boss or management - is there a good phrase or expression for that? Usually I would use something such as "keep this between ourselves" or "sort this out amongst ourselves" or "figure this out ourselves", but I cannot help but feel there should be a good expression to use.
Noting OP's comment that he doesn't want any suggestion of conspiracy or secrecy, I have to say I don't think there are many suitable idioms. OP himself says it's in the context of being more efficient - which I think implies the negative corrolary that involving management is less efficient.
The best I can come up with is Let's deal with this at the coalface, which I think emphasises the benefits of local autonomy without particularly maligning TPTB.
Between you and me and the gatepost is a phrase I sometimes hear used to mean keeping some information confined to the speaker and the listeners.
Concealing a minor error or accident or removing evidence of the consequences is sometimes called squaring it up; this has masonic undertones and is well-suited to a conspiratorial activity.
Fairly common IT parlance would be to say, "Let's not escalate the issue just yet."
I commonly hear the phrase escalate the issue used in one of two ways:
- Giving a problem or complaint a higher priority
- Involving someone higher up the org chart in the discussion
The second sense sounds like it may be what you're after.