Should we stamp out the UK’s top 5 most annoying office phrases?

Office furniture specialist wants to ban phrases such as “think outside the box” for good 

Kit Out My Office, an online office furniture retailer, has compiled a list of the most annoying office phrases it believes should be stamped out as part of our New Year’s Resolutions, based on a survey of 2,602 workers, who voted for the terms they hate the most.

The top five most annoying office phrases, according to UK office workers, are: 

  1. Think outside the box
  2. It’s not rocket science
  3. Amazeballs
  4. Going forward
  5. Can I borrow you for a second?
Traditionally, New Year’s resolutions are set as personal goals to better ourselves, ranging from visiting the gym more often through to learning a new language. But, for 2017, Kit Out My Office wants 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.
It says office jargon is often used as a tool to make a task or job seem bigger or better than it may actually be, but can also be used in a much more innocent way.
Gareth Jones, business manager at Kit Out My Office, said: “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.”
Top 5 least annoying phrases, according to those polled: 
  1. Best-practice
  2. Thrown under the bus
  3. No brainer
  4. Cool beans
  5. Move the goalposts
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