What Were The Most Irritating Office Phrases Of 2017?

The most annoying office phrases

With 2018 already in full gear, most workers are back in the office and ready for the new working year ahead. There are probably plenty of New Year resolutions already in play for many workers, whether that is to eat healthier in the workplace or even trying to avoid the ever tempting want to gossip.

While individual resolutions are always great, particularly if people can manage to keep them up all year, it might be a good idea to try and consider an office wide resolution. One in particular could be trying to cut out phrases that irritate a large majority of people in the office.

It can be easy to fall into the habit of using jargon when in the workplace. Given the prevalence of these words, it can often be that workers may feel that they are expected to use them, despite often not understanding what they mean.

Indeed, a survey from American Express OPEN in 2017 found that 88% of those surveyed pretended to understand jargon, when in reality that had no idea what it actually meant. Despite this, 64% still admitted to using jargon or phrases in the workplace.

The Most Annoying Office Phrases

Everyone can probably think of a phrase that particularly irritates them in the office, but there are often phrases that have a universal dislike. Kit Out My Office conducted a survey of more than 2,500 workers in the UK to find out what the UK’s most disliked office jargon was.

The results found that the below five were the most annoying phrases for UK workers in 2017.

  1. Think outside the box
  2. It’s not rocket science
  3. Amazeballs
  4. Going forward
  5. Can I borrow you for a second?

As well as these most disliked phrases, the survey also found out what office phrases were the least irritating for workers, making them more likely to be acceptable.

  1. It is what it is
  2. Best practice
  3. No brainer
  4. Cool beans
  5. Move the goalposts?

So moving forward in 2017, it may be a no brainer to change up your office phrases. It may even be the best practice to try and cut out jargon completely by moving the goalposts and simplifying what you are saying. Instead of trying to complicate things with sayings, consider just saying exactly what you want.

The result may surprise you and encourage your co-workers to adopt a no-nonsense method of communicating.

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