Insight & Analysis

Blue sky thinking, with potential thought showers

Published: Aug 2017

A survey by Glassdoor ranks the corporate jargon most loathed by the UK workforce; number five is a no-brainer.

‘Touch base’ has been revealed as the UK’s least favoured workplace buzzword in a new survey by job site, Glassdoor.

To get its ducks in a row and find out the most hated words, Glassdoor interviewed 2,000 UK workers. It is hoped that the findings will be somewhat of a game changer for the workplace lexicon.

Glassdoor’s mission statement is to highlight and erode the use of these words in the workplace. The survey is just one step on this journey.

Workers that loathe corporate jargon are encouraged to pick up and run with the results, calling out and phasing out corporate jargon in their workplace.

If anyone doesn’t like it they will have to either ‘get off the bus’ or ‘run it up the flagpole’. But they must, under no circumstances ‘punch a puppy’.

The UK’s 12 least favourite workplace phrases:

  1. Touch base – 24%

    To meet in person and talk about a specific issue

  2. Blue sky thinking – 21%

    Creative thinking that breaks away from confined, ordinary ideas

  3. We’re on a journey – 13%

    Suggesting a team has not reached its mission but is on its way

  4. Game changer – 13%

    Something that dramatically changes assumptions about how things are done

  5. No brainer – 13%

    Something immediately obvious or irrefutably a good idea

  6. Thought shower – 11%

    A meeting to freely discuss new ideas in their early stages

  7. Run it up the flagpole – 11%

    To trail or present an idea to see what kind of reaction it gets

  8. If you don’t like it get off the bus – 10%

    Suggestion that someone should just leave a company if they’re not happy

  9. Mission statement – 10%

    An assertion of values and motivations with regard to a company and its work

  10. Pick it up and run with it – 10%

    Continuing with a project that was started by someone else

  11. Punch a puppy – 9%

    To do something horrible for the long-term good of the company

  12. Let’s get our ducks in a row – 9%

    To fix different interests, parties and priorities in preparation for an event

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