No matter where you work, there are probably people who repeatedly use the same words and phrases. Am I right?
A new poll by Slack found that 63% of people said it was off-putting when coworkers used office jargon. 89% admit that THEY use those same words themselves, to fit in and “sound more professional.”
The people in the poll said the most overused workplace phrases are: ASAP . . . keep me in the loop . . . just checking in . . . team player . . . give 110% . . . sorry for the delay . . . new normal . . . no worries . . . touch base . . .
Think outside the box . . . loop me in . . . back to square one . . . circle back . . . and the classic, “There’s no ‘I’ in TEAM.”
As for the STYLE of work communications, 38% of people say they use emojis . . . 36% use abbreviations . . . 33% use slang . . . 31% admit they use GIFs . . . and 24% use ALL CAPS to show excitement.
Unfortunately, they didn’t find what percentage use exclamation points as their default punctuation. I was once criticized for this by a manager. The outrage! Am I right?! Jeez! Maybe they can circle back and get that to us ASAP. That would really be giving 110%, so just touch base and loop us in if that’s possible.