A new study by Investors in People suggests staff often feel isolated by the business babble and jargon that has become such a fixture of many offices.
No surprises there. The examples of nonsensical drivel highlighted in the report (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6118828.stm) are enough to rile even the most placid of workers.
Communication is the key to success whatever your profession and yet so many fail so miserably.
Keeping it simple is often the only solution, as these examples of jargon and their translations prove:
Blue-sky thinking: Idealistic or visionary ideas – not always with practical application
Get our ducks in a row: Have arrangements efficiently ordered
Brain dump: To tell everything you know about a particular topic
Think outside the box: Don’t limit your thinking to within your job description; be creative
Joined-up thinking: Taking into account how things affect each other – not looking at something in isolation
Drilling down: Getting more detail about a particular issue
Push the envelope: Improve performance by going beyond commonly accepted boundaries
The helicopter view: An overview
Low-hanging fruit: The easiest targets