The 10 most hated office buzzwords

The 10 most hated office buzzwords

Phrases such as ‘ping me’, ‘let’s touch base’ and ‘thought shower’ are unnecessary in the workplace, according to almost three-quarters of UK workers.

70.9% of employees are dismissing the concept of a buzzword heavy office, saying they are irrelevant, with 74.1% feeling that people only use them to sound intelligent.

Just over a third (34.7%) of professionals admitted to using buzzwords, but they might as well refrain from doing so, as 40.7% of workers said they would judge a colleague who had a buzzword-heavy vocabulary. 42.6% claim that they would be put off from a company that used a lot of buzzwords.

However, marketing, design and electronics employees are keeping these cringe-worthy phases alive in the workplace, with 62.5% admitting to using them.

In addition, workers in Edinburgh were most likely to use buzzwords with just under half (43.2%) declaring they do, followed by Birmingham (39%) and London (38.9%). 

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s unsurprising to see that buzzwords are falling away from the UK workplace. With clear and concise communication, the number one priority for many companies across the country, it’s understandable that more and more workers are growing agitated with buzzword focussed environments. While technical knowledge and understanding is extremely important to help drive UK businesses forward, there needs to be a clear differentiation between technical terminology and everyday buzzwords.”  

The survey on 1,000 UK workers also revealed that over a third (36.8%) had particular buzzwords or phrases that they really wanted to buzz off out of the workplace.

These irritating phrases, according to the survey, can be seen on the next page…

Comments (1)

  • PeopleHR
    Tue, 16 May 2017 5:14pm BST
    What if this goes full circle? In a few years or decades, maybe straight-talking communication will become the new "buzzword", and companies will seek to present their services using historic cliches?

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