We’ve all heard them – workplace clichés and annoying phrases that turn normally articulate people into pabulum-spewing corporate robots. Many of us have even used the buzzwords that permeate office culture and rob language of meaning and clarity.
Have you ever gotten an e-mail that sounds like this? “At the end of the day, this project has plenty of moving parts and we need to think outside the box so we can achieve the synergy required to reach our vertical metrics.”
How about this? “Do you have the bandwidth to discuss this issue now or do we need to take it offline and interface when we can get some face-time and circle back?”
Does anyone speak this way when they leave the office? It’s as if ladder-climbers are convinced they have to take some phrase they heard at a seminar and repeat it as often as possible so their manager is impressed with their business acumen.
Some former colleagues created a game called Buzzword Bingo, in which they counted how many times their boss said things like “take-away,” “buy-in” or “paradigm” during a staff meeting. You’d be surprised at how often they hit the mark.
What workplace clichés do you find most annoying? What are the most commonly used buzzwords used in your office? Are there any new ones that are unique to your job? Tell us about it.
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