The Most Annoying Corporate Buzzwords And Phrases

In one of the more memorable moments of the teen comedy classic Mean Girls, Queen Bee Regina George often rejects Gretchen Weiner's attempts at making "Fetch" part of the commonplace jargon at North Shore High School.

Even if we might not react the same way as the domineering Regina George, who hasn't found themselves rolling their eyes on numerous occasions when people use Buzzwords and contemporary phrases in the workplace.

Be it out of an attempt to appear cooler, or amidst fears of being politically incorrect, job listings, inter-office memos, and speeches at corporate events always feature commonly used buzzwords or buzzwords those speaking hope might find their way into everyday speech.

Much to the annoyance, if not outright disdain of those on the receiving end.


Redditor PM_ME_YOUR_MUSIC was curious to hear what people considered the most aggravating corporate phrases and buzzwords currently circulating, leading them to ask:
"What are the most annoying corporate buzzwords or phrases you’re sick of?"

How, exactly?

"Take a more holistic approach"- MGM1312

Don't give me adjectives, give me the amounts!

"Competitive pay."- AJackOffAllTrade

Not Everyone Loves Their Family...

"'Our workers are part of our family' or something along the lines of that."- NotJoeMama727

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That Wasn't In The Job Description

"'We all wear multiple hats around here'."

"I hear this everyday."

"It's just an excuse to not hire anyone else."- ChurchWineDrunk

Don't Sacrifice The Grammar...

"When someone refers to a request as an 'ask'.”- Alpha_State

Life In The "Fast" Lane...

"'Willing to work in fast-paced environment'."

"*ends up in cubicle*."- Raven0uss

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Where Do You Even Begin?

“'OK guys, we’re going to stay off-line today, take a deep dive to drill down and ignore the low hanging fruit, run some ideas up the flagpole and bubble the consequences to the top of the heap'."

"'The bottom line, according to the hive mind, is that we have to circle back, not reinvent the wheel, and reach out to make sure our deliverables are on everyone’s radar'."

"'Let’s not step on each other’s toes as we touch base, so here’s a heads up, when you’re thinking outside the box, please make sure we’re singing from the same hymn sheet, especially in acurated B2B environment'."

"'We need to leverage cutting edge synergy while optimizing our innovative solutions, otherwise our newly on-boarded micro-influencers will never disrupt the market before the deadline reaches terminal velocity'.”- poxymoron1

Or "Rockstar" Anything...

"'Rockstar developer' fortunately seems to be declining."-Tbone139

It's Not Attractive To Gloat...

"Win win win."

"My companies execs have started saying that for anything that's good."

"Firstly people said win win for something that was good for both parties, this makes sense."

"One popular exec said win win win once for something that helped us, our third party partners and the customer."

"That's fine as a one off and a good play on the original expression."

"But now every exec says it's a win win win when something good happens."

"They're not even a win win, just something that's good for one party."- NotACockroach

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I Should Hope So!

"We have values."- Jakaple

With workplace culture being monitored more than ever, it's understandable why some old school bosses and CEOs want to be more with the times.

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However, there might be an even better way of doing that.

By simply being a good boss.

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