Here's the most irritating office jargon, as ranked by workers

Rebecca Smith
It's a no-brainer to delete emails telling you they have a game changer to discuss
It's a no-brainer to delete emails telling you they have a game changer to discuss (Source: Getty)

Some emails will make you hit the delete button a sentence in.

And you're probably much more likely to bin the message in question should it feature phrases like "touch base", "blue sky thinking" or "we're on a journey". That's according to a Glassdoor survey of 2,000 people to find out just what employees find most irritating on the office jargon front.

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Some of the phrases mentioned are well-known as expressions guaranteed to make people grind their teeth... Stay clear of "game changer" and "run it up the flagpole" at all costs.

Others though, are slightly more colourful and a little more unusual.

Still, employees weren't keen on "punch a puppy" (who would be?), and "let's get our ducks in a row".

Here's a rundown of the UK's worst office jargon:

Rank Phrase
1. Touch base (24 per cent of employees)
2. Blue sky thinking (21 per cent of employees)
3. We're on a journey (13 per cent)
4. Game changer (13 per cent)
5. No-brainer (13 per cent)
6. Thought shower (11 per cent)
7. Run it up the flagpole (11 per cent)
8. If you don't like it, get off the bus (10 per cent)
9. Mission statement (10 per cent)
10. Pick it up and run with it (10 per cent)
11. Punch a puppy (Nine per cent)
12. Let's get our ducks in a row (Nine per cent)

Honourable misses that nearly made the cut, but were just not quite irritating enough, included "stakeholder", "paradigm shift", "bandwidth", and "roadmap".

Glassdoor has also offered up a few tips for job seekers on the best way to deal with jargon:

  1. Don't overuse buzzwords in an interview... particularly those you're not quite sure what they mean.
  2. Research the language that current employees use - if the firm's Twitter feed is keen on "blue sky thinking", its current workforce may well be too...
  3. Don't fill your CV with jargon, as chances are, it will look like you don't know what you're talking about.

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