The Most Irritating Office Buzzwords
24 February 2017
No doubt, at some point in your illustrious career, you have found yourself sitting in a meeting, listening to the higher echelons preach about “reaching out”, “thinking outside the box” and “skillbase”.
You’ve probably wondered what on earth they were talking about.
Office buzzwords mean that meetings – sorry, thought showers – are often littered with unnecessary jargon that translates to little or no meaning.
You absolutely can’t bring yourself to utter these words – you’d sound ridiculous, right? We asked around and have come up with a list of annoying office buzzwords that need to disappear now.
This phrase makes us shiver. It sounds weirdly sinister.
As does this word. It sounds like the name of an evil chemical corps.
Moving the needle
Just say you want to provoke a reaction. Don’t be that guy.
Low hanging fruit
This translates in to: the most easily achievable set of goals.
Or you could literally say: Chat to your colleagues. Share ideas. Jeez.
This is the most effective way of doing something. Ironic, huh?
It sounds like a gym circuit, not a person’s best skills.
Or you could say ‘do that’ – it’s less letters and everything.
Wow. An analogy. Sure, I’ll find out more information.
Run it up the flagpole
Where does this even come from? It means to try something out.
You’re either guessing or estimating. You can’t do both.
Think Dragon’s Den – a short pitch you could do in the time it takes a lift to go up or down.
A broad view of the business. Obviously.
Oh, for goodness sake, just say business plan.
Teaching a person new skills.
Cross-pollinating best practice
We’re … We’re lost for words. Apparently this means telling a colleague the best way to do things. Wow.
Written By Mary Palmer