Your Gen Z and millennial coworkers hate office jargon, so maybe avoid these 9 phrases

16 Jun 2023


If you’re out of pocket, circling back, getting your ducks in a row, or worried about too many cooks in the kitchen, it might be time to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

Or to put it another way, please consider reducing your use of professional jargon around the office, as such language tends to annoy your colleagues and may have a negative impact on workplace inclusivity.

Those are some of the key takeaways from a new survey released by LinkedIn and Duolingo, in which 8,000 workers across eight countries were asked their thoughts about professional jargon and how it manifests in the workplace. In countries across the world, a majority of employees agreed that jargon is overused, even as many respondents admitted that they themselves often don’t realize they’re using it.

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