POSTED: July 30 2017
The most hated office jargon

The most hated office jargon

What are the most annoying business buzzwords? What irritates you?

A new survey from online job site, Glassdoor reveals that the UK’s most annoying office buzzwords are “touch base”, followed by “blue sky thinking” and “we’re on a journey”.

The UK’s most annoying office jargon are:

  • Touch base (according to 24% of employees) – To meet or talk about a specific issue
  • Blue sky thinking (21 %) – Creative thinking not grounded in reality
  • We’re on a journey (13%) – Highlighting that a company, team or project has not yet reached its mission or objective
  • Game changer (13%) – A product, idea or process that represents a significant shift in thinking or way of doing things
  • No-brainer (13%) – Claiming that something is an irrefutably good idea
  • Thought shower (11%) – A meeting to share ideas, often without considering practical limitations
  • Run it up the flagpole (11%) – To present an idea and see if it generates a favourable reaction
  • If you don’t like it, get off the bus (10%) – Implying that a colleague should leave a company if they are unhappy
  • Mission statement (10%) – A stated “reason for being” in respect of a company and its activities
  • Pick it up and run with it (10%) – To continue an activity or process that someone else has started, often when that person could not finish it or make it work
  • Punch a puppy (9%) – To do something horrible for the greater good
  • Let’s get our ducks in a row (9%) – To align a team or multiple parties in preparation for an event or discussion

The words “stakeholder”, “paradigm shift”, “bandwidth” and “roadmap” were picked by only 5% or less of employees questioned.

David Whitby, UK Country Manager at Glassdoor said: “No one wants to be the office jargon junkie but who isn’t guilty of using some of these buzzwords from time to time?! Phrases like ‘touch base’ and ‘no-brainer’ have certainly entered the common vernacular, but beware overusing jargon. It’s important to remember that each company and office may well have its own culture, language quirks and acronyms, so new starters should try and get to grips with that quickly to help integrate.”


You can see the original press release from Glassdoor here.