What are the 10 most irritating office buzzwords in the UK?

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll likely be familiar with at least some of the vacuous phrases on this list.

None of them are game-changers, and few convey much optimism about journeys, missions or future blue skies.

But for jobs site Glassdoor, surveying 2,000 employees about their most hated examples of office jargon for a summertime PR push was clearly a no-brainer.

The list, announced as the 12 phrases most complained about by workers, is a thought shower of jargon that’s evolved over decades of changing corporate culture.

Some terms were coined by strategists and psychologists who wanted to develop a strong company ethic, encourage employees to believe in their work or improve productivity and efficiency.

Most are metaphors that have lost their figurative punch and turned into cliches as they have been chronically overused.

So which catchphrases are inspiring the greatest fury in the country’s workplaces?

  1. Touch base – 24%
    To meet in person and talk about a specific issue
  2. Blue Sky Thinking – 21%
    Creative thinking that breaks away from confined, ordinary ideas
  3. We’re On a Journey – 13%
    Suggesting a team has not reached its mission but is on its way
  4. Game Changer – 13%
    Something that dramatically changes assumptions about how things are done
  5. No-brainer – 13%
    Something immediately obvious or irrefutably a good idea
  6. Thought Shower – 11%
    A meeting to freely discuss new ideas in their early stages
  7. Run It Up The Flagpole – 11%
    To trail or present an idea to see what kind of reaction it gets
  8. If You Don’t Like It Get Off The Bus – 10%
    Suggestion that someone should just leave a company if they’re not happy
  9. Mission Statement – 10%
    An assertion of values an motivations with regard to a company and its work
  10. Pick It Up And Run With It – 10%
    Continuing with a project that was started by someone else
  11. Punch A Puppy – 9%
    To do something horrible for the long-term good of the company
  12. Let’s Get Our Ducks In A Row – 9%
    To fix different interests, parties and priorities in preparation for an event

Don’t like the meaningless phrases? By all means get off the bus, but if you’re dependent on the wages paid by your jargon-spewing employer for survival you may need to think twice about it.

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