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These Are The Top Most Hated (And Most Liked) Business Buzzwords

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Sep. 21 2022, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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In the workplace, employees and people managers use a distinctive type of corporate jargon that can sound like a lot while meaning very little. These buzzwords can appear in emails, meetings, and conversations.

Buzzwords are common in the workplace, but a lot of people hate many of them. In addition, some buzzwords are so bad that if people see them in a job ad, some won’t bother to apply. Those are some findings from our recent survey of 1,551 American office workers.

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Business jargon is at times a necessary evil, with three out of four respondents saying it can make a person sound more professional, but that doesn’t mean people love every snappy catchphrase exchanged between coworkers.

Here are the best and worst business buzzwords to use at work in 2022:

10 most frequently used business buzzwords

  1. Win-win
  2. Culture (e.g., “Company culture”)
  3. ASAP (as soon as possible)
  4. Think outside the box
  5. Moving forward/going forward
  6. Circle back
  7. It’s on my radar
  8. On the same page
  9. Bring to the table
  10. New normal
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10 most annoying business buzzwords

  1. New normal
  2. Culture (e.g., “Company culture”)
  3. Circle back
  4. Boots on the ground
  5. Give 110%
  6. Low-hanging fruit
  7. Win-win
  8. Move the needle
  9. Growth hacking
  10. Think outside the box

10 least annoying business buzzwords:

  1. At the end of the day
  2. Debrief
  3. Sweep the floors
  4. SMB (Small and mid-size business)
  5. Table this
  6. B2C (Business-to-consumer)
  7. Blue sky thinking
  8. Ideate
  9. Game changer
  10. Teamwork/Teambuilding/Team players
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10 terms most likely to be red flags in job descriptions:

  1. Rockstar
  2. Wear many hats
  3. Thick skin
  4. Work hard, play hard
  5. Schedule TBD
  6. Urgently hiring
  7. Ninja
  8. Hit the ground running
  9. Fast-paced environment
  10. Overachiever

10 terms least likely to be red flags in job descriptions:

  1. Proactive
  2. Empower
  3. Leverage
  4. Lots of perks and benefits
  5. Proven track record
  6. Resilient
  7. Fun/Amazing/Unique company culture
  8. Sense of humor
  9. Passionate
  10. Competitive salary

This article was written by Sophia Anderson and originally appeared on Your Coffee Break.

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