Sometimes there’s no way around using workplace jargon, but if you’ve come to rely on office speak to get you through meetings or put an end to lengthy email chains, you could be guilty of using some of the most hated workplace phrases in existence.
According to a survey conducted by Premier Inn in the UK, the number one bugbear is the phrase “touch base”, followed by “no-brainer” and “outside the box”. Rounding out the top five is “going the extra mile” and “blue sky thinking”.
Other annoyance? Calling someone or something a “game-changer”, asking for colleagues to “brainstorm” or telling someone you’ll “ping them an email”.
If you’re wracking your brain about how you’re ever going to speak to someone in the workplace ever again at this point, fear not because the survey results also offer solutions.
“Let’s check in later” or “let’s make contact” trump “touch base” and “no brainer” should be replaced with the much more concise “obvious decision”, obviously.
We don’t know about you, but we less irritated already.
Photos: Unsplash and supplied