When you talk to your staff using business management jargon, it not only alienates your employees, but most of all it makes them perceive you as being untrustworthy and weak, according to a survey by the British organization YouGov. 40% of those polled said the use of jargon is on the rise in their offices. A whopping 60% said they would like to work in a jargon-free zone. But most managers are clueless, as 55% believe using such language is not a problem.
Here are the 10 Gobbledygook Phrases Bosses Should Never Use and their definitions:
- Blue-sky thinking — Idealistic or visionary ideas that do not always have a practical application.
- Get our ducks in a row — Making sure all arrangements are efficiently made.
- Brain dump — To tell everything you know about a particular topic.
- Think outside the box — Don’t limit your thinking to within your job description; be creative.
- Joined-up thinking — Taking into account how things affect each other and not looking at something in isolation.
- Drilling down — Getting more detail about a particular issue.
- Push the envelope — Improve performance by going beyond commonly accepted boundaries.
- The helicopter view — An overview.
- Low-hanging fruit — The easiest targets.
- At the end of the day — Something you say before you say what you believe to be the most important fact of a situation.