A recent poll chose “giving 110%” as the most cringe-worthy office phrase folks hear from their bosses and colleagues, and a new poll seems to agree, although they have found other common jargon that is equally annoying.
The 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. Other top annoying phrases include “blue sky thinking” (19%), followed by “low-hanging fruit” (17%).
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