In the modern office world, there is something lurking deep within. Something sinister. A menace to society. I, of course, am talking about office jargon.
While I’m certainly being a bit hyperbolic for laughs, I cannot deny the fact that office jargon is something that does indeed bother me. I don’t know what it is about it but it feels so superficial and fake to me. I’m definitely not the only one, however, and this infographic is proof of that.
In a 2019 survey, 1,000 US office employees were polled on what office jargon they hated the most, if they hated any at all. While none of the percentages were startlingly high, there is clearly some office jargon that grinds people’s gears more than others.
The number one spot belongs to “synergy”, which, to be fair, is quite a meaningless phrase. I’m sure most of us have heard this at one point in our lives and, in our own heads (or not!), rolled our eyes. Some of the other offenders include words or phrases like “touch base”, “think outside the box”, or the infamous “paradigm shift”.
While office jargon is certainly not as bad as I was describing it initially, you have to admit it is just ever so slightly annoying. Be sure to look through the rest of today’s infographic to see what other office jargon is hated amongst employees.