Anyone who’s worked in an office has had to deal with that person who loves to throw around clichéd office phrases to try and get folks motivated for work. Of course, the constant use of such office jargon can have the exact opposite effect and some sayings are more annoying than others.
According to a new poll, 72% of people admit to using such overused phrases out of habit, which is certainly falling on deaf ears, since 60% say they don’t even understand what most of them mean. What’s more, 27% of employees tune out colleagues who use such jargon too often.
The survey also compiled a list of the 40 most cringe-worthy phrases used in the office, with “give it 110%” and “think outside the box” voted the most annoying ones out there.
Top Ten Most Cringe-worthy Office Phrases (click here for the complete list)
- Give 110%
- Think outside the box
- Hammer it out
- Heavy lifting
- Throw them under the bus
- Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched
- Pushing the envelope
- Let the cat out of the bag
- Let’s circle back
- Win-win situation