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Why you should never ‘put lipstick on a pig’

Why you should never ‘put lipstick on a pig’

This blog is a real game changer. Sure, it requires some blue sky thinking, but if you’re prepared to think outside the box, it could produce a paradigm shift in the way you do business. Are you ready to punch a puppy?

Wait, what?

Business jargon is infuriating, isn’t it? We all say the odd phrase from time to time, but we really should be mindful of rolling them out too often as they agitate and confuse people.

A new Glassdoor survey released the other day reveals the office jargon you should avoid at all costs – these are the buzzwords that employees find the most annoying:

1) Touch base (according to 24%)

2) No brainer (14%)

3) Punch a puppy (14%)

4) Game changer (11%)

5) Pick it up and run with it (10%)

6) Mission statement (9%)

7) We’re on a journey (9%)

8) If you don’t like it get off the bus (9%)

9) Run this up the flagpole (9%)

10) Lipstick on a pig (9%)

John Lamphiere, Glassdoor’s Managing Director, EMEA, went as far to say that overusing jargon can “undermine your credibility”.

“Every company and team will have its own culture, and although terms such as ‘low hanging fruit’ and ‘no brainer’ may seem pretty commonplace, they should be used sparingly to avoid putting off your colleagues. Keeping your language clear and specific will result in you and your teammates consistently delivering the very best work possible,” he added.

He makes a good point, which ties back nicely to our recent article, by Annabel Sweet, that discussed engaging people early when implementing a new HR system. One of the key points was to speak in the language of the people you’re communicating with.

Here’s what Annabel said: “Try to deliver each message in the language that your audience uses and understands. While you don’t want to stray too far from your original pitch as you risk giving out mixed messages, using tech or HR jargon will only serve to alienate those people who are unfamiliar with that language.”

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