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New years resolution – cut out annoying phrases

Gareth Jones, Business Manager at Kit Out My Office

The most annoying office phrases should be stamped out as part of our New Year’s Resolutions. 2,602 office workers across the UK voted for the terms they hate the most. Compiled by Kit Out My Office, an online retailer of office furniture.

Traditionally, New Year’s resolutions are often set as personal goals to better ourselves, ranging from visiting the gym more often through to learning a new language. For 2017, Kit Out My Office want colleagues across the UK to come together and set a New Year’s Resolution for their office – to stamp out the most annoying office phrases and improve office morale.

The top five most annoying office phrases are –

Think outside the box

It’s not rocket science


Going forward

Can I borrow you for a second?

Office jargon is often used as a tool to make a task or job seem bigger or better than it may actually be, but it can also be used in a much more innocent way, explains Gareth Jones, Business Manager at Kit Out My Office: “The modern working life is fast-paced, and as such we strive to deliver information in a clear and concise manner. The downside of this is it is a breeding ground for jargon. Setting a collective New Year’s Resolution in your office to stamp-out jargon in 2017 could definitely help to improve morale.”Dr Julia Claxton, Principal Lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Development at Leeds Beckett University added her opinion, “hurt feelings, unclear goals and ambiguous strategies are just a few examples of issues that can arise and contribute to low morale and are the basis of an ineffective team that can be easily avoided.” At the opposite end of the spectrum lays “best-practice”, which is the least annoying phrase used, with nobody stating that it was irritating or overused.

 Top 5 phrases that won’t annoy your colleagues – 


Thrown under the bus

No brainer

Cool beans

Move the goalposts?

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