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October 25, 2017

Are these the most annoying pieces of office jargon?

From low-hanging fruit to synergise, we need to stop using these.

By James Nunns

Barely an hour goes by without some jargon being thrown around that often only aids in annoying and confusing everyone in earshot.

The tech community is a fine one for creating unnecessary jargon from agile, to digital transformation and thought leadership – words and terms that really mean very little and typically require explaining.

From an IT and business professional point of view the most irritating office jargon of 2017 has been found to be ‘low-hanging fruit,’ followed by ‘thinking outside of the box,’ and ‘singing from the same hymn sheet.’

That’s according to business communications company Fuze that surveyed IT and business professionals at this year’s IP Expo.

In at number four is ‘take this offline,’ followed by ‘giving 110%,’ ‘synergise,’ ‘bleeding edge,’ ‘atomize,’ ‘thought shower (what?!),’ and ‘ecosystem.’

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Tom Pressley, senior marketing director at Fuze, said: “Complex, strange and often meaningless jargon continues to be used across the UK in business. The problem is that this jargon only serves to alienate employees and customers and contradicts the move to create simpler, consumer-like experiences in the workplace.

“For young people joining the workforce, the use of jargon is meaningless. Today’s teenagers’ value straight-talking communication, words like ‘synergise’ just add extra layers of confusion. As today’s teenagers start to enter the workforce, companies may finally be forced to drop the business speak and start to have real conversations with their staff.”

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Seeing as the end of the year is approaching, New Year’s resolutions could be a good way to really kick this habit.

So it’s time to really give 110% and think outside of the box and grab those low-hanging fruit to make sure we build an ecosystem that puts us all at the bleeding edge of a revolutionary change.

Or something like that.

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