Don't be that guy. Take note of the 10 most overused office cliches.
Staffing firm Accountemps periodically surveys executives to find out what they deem the most annoying and overused office cliches. Here are a few of the best, according to CBS MoneyWatch.
"Leverage" -- Basically, doing more with less. Example: "After the layoffs, we can leverage our staff of three to cover the entire Eastern seaboard."
"It is what it is" -- Not much you can do about it. As in "Our staff has just been cut in half. It is what it is."
"Reach Out" -- Delivering bad news to customers or employees. Example: "Reach out to the customers with a letter announcing that their interest rate just doubled."
"Viral" -- So prevalent that it's everywhere, perhaps nauseatingly so. Example: "Twitter has gone viral."
"Game changer" -- A catalyst of some sort that can change the way someone or something is viewed. Example: "Getting indicted for fraud was a game changer for Bernie Madoff."
"Disconnect" -- When you want one thing, but get something else. Example: "There is a disconnect between what the consumer wants and what we intend to provide."
"Value-add" -- A gain of some kind, usually financial. Example: "She refuses to donate to charity unless she sees some value-add, say, eternal salvation."
"Circle back" -- To see someone again and again, even if may not want to be seen. Example: "I'm having cocktails with Mervin, but I will circle back around midnight to see if you've finished the Implebottom Report."
"Socialize" -- No, not talking. Rather, the concept of jamming an idea down people's throats. Example: "We need to socialize to our patients our practice of closing the doctor's office every day for two hours at lunch."
"Cutting edge" -- A must-have modern product or technology. Example: "Sleeperama's cutting-edge mattress will take the country by storm."
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