Buzzwords You Shouldn't Use at Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-10-15 Email

Do you ever feel like you're drowning in a sea of overused buzzwords and phrases at work? That's not surprising: These hackneyed terms are constantly dropped both in one-on-one conversations and large meetings, essentially serving as verbal crutches for professionals who don't feel comfortable using simpler, more direct terms. While using business and technology jargon may make you feel smarter or "in the know," the constant use of these words quickly wears thin on listeners, who may decide to tune you out. With this in mind, Accountemps has come up with the following list of the most annoying workplace buzzwords and phrases, taken from a recent survey the company published. We're sure you've heard these terms before—probably far too often—but it's important to recognize these conversational clunkers so you can avoid using them in the future. "Clarity is still king when communicating in the workplace," says Bill Driscoll, New England district president of Accountemps. "Jargon tends to confuse, not clarify. It's generally best to avoid the tired clichés and trendy buzzwords in favor of clear, straightforward language." More than 600 human resources managers in the United States and Canada took part in the research. Feel free to add your hated buzzwords in our Comments section at the bottom of this page.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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