Despite office jargon being something that has long irritated us, it’s a workplace sin that a lot of us indulge in. That’s according to recent poll of 1,014 people commissioned by loan company wonga.com.
One in five workers (19%) admits to being an ‘office waffler’. Sixteen percent think that using vacuous idioms like ‘thinking outside the box’ and ‘going forward’ improves their chances of promotion. A third of people admit to using such phrases on a daily basis.
On the other hand, 47 percent say they lose respect for colleague when they hear them uttering ‘flowery’ phrases. A quarter (24%) say they have “no meaning in the workplace”. Sixty percent feel “slightly embarassed” or “awkward” when they hear them.
The top ten most common business jargon phrases
- It’s a no-brainer (with 32 per cent using this at least once a day)
- Thinking outside the box (30 per cent)
- At the end of the day (26 per cent)
- It’s a win-win situation (26 per cent)
- Touch base (25 per cent)
- Going forward (24 per cent)
- 110 per cent (21 per cent)
- Close of play (20 per cent)
- It’s on my radar (19 per cent)
- Flagging up (19 per cent)