50 annoying business phrases that we must stop using at work

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It is what it is.

Thanks in advance.

Reach out.

Oh boy. There is so much business jargon that we hear repetitively during the day that it’s no surprise that they’ve started to become engrained in our own vocabulary.

So as a responsible and thoughtful professional, I feel the need to share with you 50 annoying business phrases that you might not even know you’re using. Here’s the infographic courtesy of GoToMeeting.

INFOGRAPHIC - 50 Annoying Phrases You Hear at Work_UK

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Gemma Falconer is a Campaign Manager for Citrix. She is part of the EMEA marketing team and looks after the webinar programme, email nurturing and content creation for the UK. In her spare time, you'll find her diving around a volleyball court, trying to learn Portuguese and eating cake – lots of cake! Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter More blog posts by Gemma Falconer ››
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  • colinalcarz

    Many of these expressions have, over the many years, enabled people in business meetings to feel they are saving time and providing a memorably graphic way of saying something. Short, descriptive phrases that allow a concept to be referred to without a full description, function as a handle on a conceptual briefcase, allowing the content to be shared without everyone individually having to open it and examine the contents, so to speak, in order to know what’s being said. The effectiveness of these expressions is enhanced if they happen to not only be memorable, but clever in a way that draws upon an ostensibly narrowly shared experience, an insider perspective that provides the listener a little pride thrill as they acknowledge to themselves that they “get” the reference. The annoying part happens when either the sense of “insider knowledge” has been gone for so long that one not only misses the little thrill but feels subconsciously patronized for an attempt even having been made with such an often repeated expression; or, the reference was a bit off putting to begin with such as the admittedly creepy “open the kimono.” New, equally time saving expressions could enter the workplace lexicon to take their place or more generic expressions could be used. Sometimes however, expressions that originated as annoying business speak can find their way into accepted use and simply no longer become annoying.

    • Gemma, Citrix Interactions

      Thanks for your comment Colin. I think you’re right – many people use these phrases as it’s easier and quicker than explaining what they really mean. They also rely on the fact that people know what they’re talking about…but it’s not always the case. I wonder what phrases we can add to this in 12 month’s time…!

  • KHoloman

    I can’t imagine how “thanks in advance” could possibly be annoying! What IS annoying is the LACK OF any “thank you” when you’ve worked hard to help someone on a project.

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