Straight talking should be a ‘no-brainer’

24 August 2012
Rebecca Ellinor, managing editor, Supply ManagementWho is your ‘office waffler’? A poll has found about one in five employees (about 19 cent) admit taking on this role in a misguided attempt to impress colleagues. The result? They confuse and irritate colleagues with their use of absurd phrases and clichés. Favourite one-liners include ‘it’s a no-brainer’, ‘thinking outside the box’, ‘110 per cent’ and ‘flagging up’. The survey, carried out by finance website Wonga.com, found 30 per cent of men use buzz words to improve their chances of promotion, although, overall, more women (37 per cent) admit to using such expressions. Britons blame business programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den for their nonsensical terminology, but most would prefer colleagues to be straight talking when making a point or explaining something. So before you decide to ‘touch base’ to ensure colleagues know ‘what’s on your radar’ by the ‘close of play’, consider meaning what you say and saying what you mean. It’s a win-win situation.
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