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Revealed: The most-hated office jargon of 2018

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“Give 110 per cent” has been voted the most annoying office jargon of 2018 in a poll of more than 100 IT and business professionals, carried out by enterprise communications and collaboration company Fuze.

The survey, which was conducted at London’s IP EXPO tradeshow in October 2018, found that over a quarter (26 percent) of the IT professionals questioned selected “Give 110 percent” as their most frustrating office jargon of the year, followed by “Blue sky thinking” (19 percent), and “Low hanging fruit” (17 percent).

The full list of the top ten most-infuriating office jargon phrases of the year is:

  1. Give 110%
  2. Blue sky thinking
  3. Low hanging fruit
  4. Synergize
  5. Outside the box
  6. Square the circle
  7. Ecosystem
  8. Atomize
  9. Bleeding edge
  10. A lot of moving parts

Commenting on the survey findings, Bradlee Allen, Product Evangelist at Fuze, said, “In businesses across the UK, meaningless and often nonsensical jargon continues to be used. The use of clichés and buzzwords contradicts the move to replicate consumer-like experiences in the workplace and alienates both workers and customers.”

“The new generation of workers value direct communications. Phrases like ‘Give 110 percent’ only cause confusion and create barriers between colleagues. As today’s workers bring new working styles and preferences to business, we need to break away from jargon and move to more valuable conversations between workers.”




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