• If you don’t like it, get off the bus!

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    “If you don’t like it, get off the bus”
    “No brainer”
    “Punch a puppy”

    If you’re irritated by office jargon, you’re not alone – and if you use phrases like these, you might want to think again, according to online recruitment giant Glassdoor.

    And the company has also offered tips for being a success with your colleagues _ without using jargon…

    1. Be authentic and make an effort to learn about people. Being truly interested in someone is the best way to find out if you’ll be compatible and will help improve your working performance.

    2. Work across teams when you get a chance. If projects are being worked on across the company, volunteer to participate which will give you an opportunity to work with new people and build better relationships.

    3. Keep positive. Don’t be the office complainer or gossip. When possible, maintain a positive outlook in and around the office.

    4. Offer to help out. If you see a colleague is struggling with something, or if they ask for help, make yourself available. Show that you are there for your coworkers.

    So, what office jargon you should be avoiding? According to 2,000 people surveyed by Glassdoor, here’s what UK employees hate hearing the most:

    1) Touch base (according to 24 per cent of employees)
    To meet or talk about a specific issue

    2) No brainer (14 per cent)
    A decision is very easy or obvious

    3) Punch a puppy (14 per cent)
    To do something horrible for the greater good

    4) Game changer (11 per cent)
    A unique or disruptive product, idea or process that represents a significant shift in thinking

    5) Pick it up and run with it (10 per cent)
    To continue a process that someone else has started

    6) Mission statement (9 per cent)
    A guiding principle or objective for a business

    7) We’re on a journey (9 per cent)
    Bringing a team together in order to achieve a unified goal

    8) If you don’t like it get off the bus (9 per cent)
    Implying that a colleague should leave a company if they are unhappy

    9) Run this up the flagpole (9 per cent)
    Test the popularity of a new idea or proposal

    10) Lipstick on a pig (9 per cent)
    Trying to improve a bad product/idea with superficial changes

    11) I want to leverage your synergies (8 per cent)
    To take steps to amplify situations when two complementary business ideas run in parallel

    =12) Let’s reverse engineer (8 per cent)
    To disassemble an idea or process, breaking it down into its components

    =12) Let’s get our ducks in a row (8 per cent)
    To align a team in preparation for a campaign or activity

     

  • AUTHOR

    Jade Burke

    Jade Burke, Editor for PA Life

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