in #CASE you missed it… The Most Annoying Office Phrases
A new survey asked folks what were the office phrases they found most annoying even though they were meant for encouragement, and “give 110%” once again topped the list with over 25% of professionals finding it annoying.
Top Ten Most Annoying Office Phrases
Give 110 per cent - To go above and beyond what is expected of you
Blue sky thinking - Brainstorming in an open-minded fashion
Low hanging fruit - Getting the easiest work out of the way first
Synergise - To work together collaboratively in order to be more effective
Outside the box - To think imaginatively, using fresh ideas
Square the circle - To achieve something that is considered impossible
Ecosystem - A complex, interconnected network
Atomise - To break something (eg. a problem) down into smaller units
Bleeding edge - A new technology/ technique that comes with a degree of risk
A lot of moving parts - A lot of departments/ moving components to manage at any one time
And if you’re one of those people who use these common phrases, you may want to rethink things. The poll finds that 70% of people would like to see them scrapped completely, while 74% say they think colleagues use them just to make themselves sound more intelligent.