October 18, 2017
Working in an office comes with its own set of buzzwords. From “having enough bandwidth” to “circling back,” employees in offices big and small need a non-existent dictionary to navigate everyday life at their jobs. However, there are a few buzzwords that rub people that wrong way, and they’re a lot more common than you might think.
According to a study from Summit Hosting, there are three buzzwords that rub your coworkers the wrong way more than any other. After surveying 1,000 people around the US to find out which of these examples of office jargon make coworkers cringe the most, here’s where we stand: “LOL” (said aloud), “ping me,” and “growth hacking.”
“Phrases like ‘LOL’ (an abbreviation for laugh out loud), ‘ping me,’ and ‘growth hacking’ (or ‘growth hacker’) were rated the least acceptable terms to use in a professional setting,” wrote the authors of the study.
For you avid buzzword users out there, don’t worry. According to the study, there are a few acceptable instances of office jargon that you can get away with. For example, words like “scalable,” “transparency,” and even “hardball” were rated respectable, intelligent, and not annoying. Even some phrases like “hit the ground running,” “a lot on my plate,” and “cross the T’s and dot the I’s” were considered acceptable by survey respondents.
The study also found some interesting statistics about how and when jargon can and should be used in the office. For one, nearly 50 percent of respondents said that hearing office jargon was less annoying than reading it in a message or email. Additionally, 16 percent found office jargon to be detrimental to their careers, proving once and for all that actual English is always a better communication tool than nonsense words.
If you’re interested in learning more about how office jargon is affecting your career, check out the full study here and take a glimpse at the chart of acceptable and unacceptable buzzwords below:
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