UK's most hated office buzzwords

UK's most hated office buzzwords

Work can be tough when you’re putting in 110% to smash it with a win-win before close of play – and research from Business telecommunications provider 4Com suggests that hearing office buzzwords all day only makes it worse.

The researchers found that despite a third (31%) of those surveyed agreeing that office jargon is annoying, almost a quarter (23%) admitted that they used buzzwords daily. One in fifty confessing to using them every hour.

The top 15 most annoying buzzwords and phrases and the percentage of people that find them irritating are:

Most Used buzzwords & phrasesPercent of respondents who dislike these
 There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’32%
Let’s touch base24% 
 Thinking outside the box22% 
110 percent15% 
I’ll just ping that over14% 
Let’s arrange a chemistry meeting14% 
No brainer13% 
Smashed it13% 
Close of play13% 
Having bandwidth to take on more11% 
Run the numbers11% 
Play hardball10% 
It's on my radar10% 

Additionally, the survey investigated the jargon that UK workers use most often. The top 15 most common office buzzwords and phrases are:

Most Used buzzwords & phrasesPercent of respondents who use these regularly
 No brainer42% 
 Thinking outside the box41% 
 To be fair38% 
 At the end of the day37% 
 Catch up32% 
 Give you a heads up29% 
 I've got a lot on my plate27% 
 Close of play27% 
 Back to the drawing board26% 
 Best practice25% 
 Hit the ground running20% 
 There's no 'I' in team19% 
 Smashed it 19% 

Commenting on the research, Mark Pearcy, Head of Marketing at 4Com warned that jargon is only effective if everyone understands what it means. “When it comes to making a point or explaining your ideas, it’s definitely more important to be understood than to sound slick,” he said. “It might sound snappier in an email, but unless the person receiving it knows exactly what you mean, there’s not much point!”

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Comments (2)

  • Jacqui Adams
    Jacqui Adams
    Wed, 3 Oct 2018 2:54pm BST
    ‘It’s BAU’ following a significant event, when it’s clearly not business as usual and never will be again!
  • Rosemarie
    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:48pm BST
    "Reaching out."

    'In the [whatever the topic is] space."

    "Impactful." (Does this mean something that is likely to crash?)

    Each of these can guarantee that the message gets deleted.

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