Jargon overuse ranks high in an office poll of annoying habits.
A study has found that nearly half of office workers would quit their job because of jargon overuse in their workplace, suggesting poor office morale amongst employees.
The study of 2,000 office staff commissioned by TV channel Dave revealed that 47 per cent could not stand the use of buzz terminology or slang words, listing them as some of the most annoying elements of office behaviour.
Commonly-used office slang terms compiled by researchers included ‘Google zoo’, relating to an office of people who are meant to be working but are instead surfing the internet and ‘thought shower’, invented in 2004 as a replacement to the once popular buzz word ‘brain storm’. This is a term which was deemed offensive to people with epilepsy after a survey revealed that a majority of sufferers of the disease were offended by the term.
Terms which were also noted as particularly annoying to workers include ‘cubicle monkey’; a derogatory expression used to describe an officer worker who performs an endless number of repetitive and dull tasks in a 5ft-x-5ft room and ‘cashanova’, used to describe someone who is a high seller, bringing in both business and clients.
The study also revealed that 70 per cent of office workers judge their colleagues based on their office etiquette, with poor table manners over lunch and fellow employees’ appearances particularly irritating.
The use of office jargon ranked third in the survey of office behaviour after pointless meetings and I.T problems such as printers not working and e-mail troubles.