Top ten worst office jargon phrases.
UK office workers have chosen their top ten most hated managerial office terms.
Opinium Research has conducted a new service to discover what annoys office colleagues the most in workplaces around the UK. Rating highly on this list was the use of office or managerial jargon phrases. Subsequently the company also took a poll of the top ten worst offenders.
Right at the the top of the list is ‘thinking outside the box’ which a huge 21% of office workers voted as the worst phrase. Other offenders included ‘let’s touch base’ and the ever irritating let’s not throw pies in the dark. The survey was carried out by interviewing 1,836 adult workers from UK offices between the dates of 15th and 18th January.
In regards to the effect of office aggravations 62 per cent of those questioned said that they increase their daily stress levels. Furthermore, one in 10 admitted that they have left a job because of office annoyances including the over use of management jargon.
Commenting on the effect of office jargon on an office worker’s daily life Opinium Research’s managing director, James Endersby commented: “These annoyances, particularly the office jargon, will ring a bell with most people who have experienced office life. It?s amazing to see how much of an effect they can have, with a significant amount of people saying that these irritations make them more stressed or even cause them to leave their jobs.”
The list in full stands as:
Thinking outside the box (21%) (come up with new ideas)
Let’s touch base (20%) (meet up with someone)
Blue sky thinking (19%) (any ideas are okay)
Blamestorming (16%) (sitting down and working out whose fault something is)
Drill down to a more granular level (15%) (Look into something in more detail)
Let’s not throw pies in the dark (15%) (we need a plan rather than a haphazard approach)
I’ve got that on my radar (13%) (I’m aware of that)
Push the envelope (12%) (Get the most out of something)
Bring you’re A-game (11%) (Be ready to do something to best of ability)
Get all your ducks in a row (11%) (Get everything prepared)
Poll shows the worst managerial jargon used by UK office managers