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4 Ways To Be a Success With Your Colleagues…Without Using Office Jargon

It can be hard to avoid office jargon phrases like ‘no brainer’, ‘touch base’ and ‘reverse engineer’, as they have now creeped into common UK vernacular. It’s almost unavoidable. 

But, what if we came up with a way of being successful at work without using said terms and phrases? Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, has come up with four top hacks to be a success with your colleagues, without coming across as disingenuous or confusing.  

4 ways to be a success with your colleagues without using jargon

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.

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.  

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

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.

Ever wondered what office jargon you should be avoiding?

According to 2,000 people (1), here’s what UK employees hate hearing the most:

1) Touch base (according to 24 percent of employees)

To meet or talk about a specific issue

2) No brainer (14 percent)

A decision is very easy or obvious

3) Punch a puppy (14 percent)

To do something horrible for the greater good

4) Game changer (11 percent)

A unique or disruptive product, idea or process that represents a significant shift in thinking

5) Pick it up and run with it (10 percent)

To continue a process that someone else has started

6) Mission statement (9 percent)

A guiding principle or objective for a business

7) We’re on a journey (9 percent)

Bringing a team together in order to achieve a unified goal

8) If you don’t like it get off the bus (9 percent)

Implying that a colleague should leave a company if they are unhappy

9) Run this up the flagpole (9 percent)

Test the popularity of a new idea or proposal

10) Lipstick on a pig (9 percent)

Trying to improve a bad product/idea with superficial changes

11) I want to leverage your synergies (8 percent)

To take steps to amplify situations when two complementary business ideas run in parallel

=12) Let’s reverse engineer (8 percent)

To disassemble an idea or process, breaking it down into its components

=12) Let’s get our ducks in a row (8 percent)

To align a team in preparation for a campaign or activity


1. The 2018 survey was conducted online in the UK by OnePoll on behalf of Glassdoor from 20/04/18 – 27/04/18 among 2,000 UK adults aged 18 and older.

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