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Ditch Those Annoying Workplace Buzzwords And Phrases
By Sonya Buck, Australia


We are all guilty, once a word or phrase is used repeatedly in the workplace, we start using it ourselves. But how about we adopt simple speech with our colleagues and clients? Maybe it’s time to ditch some of the following:

Bring to the table
How about just getting to the point and stating what you/they can contribute.

Cutting Edge
A dinosaur term used by those who may not be at the forefront anymore.

How about expected outcome, or what can be achieved and measured?

Ducks in a row
This just makes me think of bath time.

Fast track
Just prioritise the work.

Hit the ground running
No time to procrastinate – just start, drop everything, and do this work – now!

Low Hanging Fruit
Ok, we all know not to take the easiest path.

Reach Out
How about contacting, communicating or even calling?

Value Adding
In the past used for products, it seems to have spread to services and people!

It’s not rocket science
You are probably offending who you are speaking to on this one. Best to assume they are not stupid.

Think outside the square
Try to think unconventionally and not along usual lines.

My pet hate is Blue Sky Thinking. Come on guys, we just need some really creative ideas, please.

With limited space on this page, there are many buzzwords and phrases I was unable to include in this list. Just take a moment in your work day to see if you recognise these annoyances.

A word of warning. The great thing about people working in Agriculture in Australia is our down to earth, no-nonsense nature. Use corporate buzzwords at your own risk and see if your clients take you seriously.