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Gen Z and millennial workers feel confused,
irritated, and left out by endless 'workplace
jargon' in the office, LinkedIn research shows

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/13/2023 8:37:24 AM

Young professionals entering the workforce are left puzzled by the seemingly endless dictionary of workplace jargon being thrown at them. New research released today by LinkedIn and Duolingo surveyed 1,016 respondents in the UK between the ages of 18 and 76 and found that 48% of Gen Z and Millennials are feeling left out at work because of the use of workplace jargon like "blue sky thinking," and "low-hanging fruit," according to a press release viewed by Insider. (Snip) Some of the most frequently used phrases at work include "moving forwards," "touch base," "circle back," and "ducks in a row."


They need 'Fragile - Handle with Care' stickers plastered on their foreheads.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sanchin 6/13/2023 8:50:07 AM (No. 1490876)
Looking at the phrases in the article I cannot help but wonder if English is NOT the first language for most of those surveyed.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: sunshinehorses 6/13/2023 8:51:35 AM (No. 1490878)
Maybe they need to shut-up and listen and learn. Every place I worked in corporate America had it's own culture and favorite phrases. It is not rocket science to figure out what those phrases mean if you just shut up and listen.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: red1066 6/13/2023 8:57:54 AM (No. 1490883)
This is what happens when one spends the better part of 12 hours a day with your face looking at your phone. Interaction with others is eliminated. I will admit, that when I was young, I too was confused on my first jobs by all the alphabet names for things, places, and job titles. None of them made any sense until I got use to them. However, some of these sayings these millennials are having trouble with are just common sayings that have been around for decades and are pretty much self-explanatory.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: seamusm 6/13/2023 9:02:11 AM (No. 1490884)
C'mon guys. These aren't words and phrases found in gaming so give 'em a break. Teachers and professors are the usual ones blamed but in truth we parents are really at fault. Educational debt, housing obscenely expensive, actually having to WORK! Frankly I expect a lot of parents will be murdered by their children in the hope of more quickly inheriting the master bedroom instead of the basement.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: texaspast 6/13/2023 9:13:52 AM (No. 1490890)
I've got to admit, although I have no problem with the current jargon and can throw it around if I feel like it, all these phrases are 'faddish' - like 'circle back' used to be 'get back to' , 'touch base' used to be 'check in on', 'circle back' was 'get back to', or such as that. But sometimes people throw it around to show they are more in the know than others. I was in a meeting a few years ago where the speaker wanted to 'disaggregate the numbers' - I raised my hand and asked if that meant to break down the numbers. Most of the others in the meeting had never heard the term, either. Being a sometimes-jerk, I asked why didn't you say 'break down the numbers'? Among my current irritating words and phrases are 'reach out to' instead of 'contact', and 'tranche' instead of 'group' . Fad phrases and words used by people who want to appear in-the-know come and go, and always will. Learn to keep up, kiddies.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney 6/13/2023 9:17:06 AM (No. 1490893)
The predicate that there is intelligence there, that they can understand a metaphor, appears wrong in these cases. If Deloitte and PWC have to spend time training for this, it is no wonder their audit opinions, that the financial statements are fairly stated, are too often wrong. They hire very young personnel, who make workpapers, but have no understanding of the businesses they are auditing, or position sufficient to question anything.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: daisey 6/13/2023 9:48:00 AM (No. 1490926)
The word “professionals” threw me for a little bit. Professionals don’t need safe spaces. Professionals don’t need “handle with care” stickers plastered on their foreheads and their mommies and daddies bailing them out of work problems. There are actually seminars that teach employers how to deal with Gen Z’ers. Pathetic.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/13/2023 9:52:32 AM (No. 1490929)
My problem was acronyms, but it started while in college. Use acronyms and lose meaning. Big mistake to assume everyone knows what those acronyms mean. I stay away from them. I don't completely discount what the millennials and genZers are saying. Just consider all the people that are retiring at 50 because their job leaves so much to be desired.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Laotzu 6/13/2023 10:18:53 AM (No. 1490949)
So, Millennials and Gen Z'ers are strangers to their own culture. Big surprise. I bet they can recite some great African proverbs.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: janjan 6/13/2023 10:23:58 AM (No. 1490953)
We used to play buzzword bingo during conference calls. Maybe that would help.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 6/13/2023 10:33:37 AM (No. 1490961)
Being both stupid and ignorant leave one continually perplexed when around The Normals.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: downnout 6/13/2023 10:34:34 AM (No. 1490963)
Language always evolves but my favorite phrase to eliminate would be “so”…I am amazed that many well-educated and intelligent people start sentences with So… Grrrrr.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: faceincrowd 6/13/2023 11:35:34 AM (No. 1491008)
Sorry that you are dummies. Read more books.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mc squared 6/13/2023 11:42:30 AM (No. 1491015)
If the UN bans the phrase 'Reach Out' I'd be a happy man. We used to say contacted, called or asked. Newscasters sometimes use it several times in a 1 minute news item.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/13/2023 11:50:22 AM (No. 1491027)
Well the first thing they need to do is reach down and pull their Heads out of their Wazoo's. THEN once they can see again they just might figure out they were Indoctrinated (LIED TO)!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: padiva 6/13/2023 1:34:03 PM (No. 1491106)
#10 Too funny! I work for a big box store. A lady, who is very smart. is an immigrant (in US for about 15 years). She doesn't know the idioms. I've had to explain 'sweep it under the rug' 'five finger discount' 'dust bunny'. Sometimes, she looks at me like I am crazy.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: GirlwithaCurl 6/13/2023 1:50:58 PM (No. 1491118)
You can add "with that being said". That's all one hears when a Millennial mid-manager is talking to their group during "stand up".
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Reply 18 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 6/13/2023 2:47:33 PM (No. 1491150)
Gen Z are products of government schools, where they learned nothing but socialism, communism and hatred for the United States.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DanvilleBill 6/13/2023 3:12:36 PM (No. 1491163)
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Reply 20 - Posted by: William A. Hollerman 6/13/2023 3:53:36 PM (No. 1491201)
I remember asking my superiors when I was much younger what a few sayings/phrases meant, but that was common practice. The problem now is that young workers don't have the social skills to talk to anyone. They are scared of their shadows. We need to "shed some light" on them...... Gosh, I could go on and on.....
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Reply 21 - Posted by: JHHolliday 6/13/2023 9:23:30 PM (No. 1491433)
Big companies follow the language of “Corp speak” and have for years. High sounding twaddle...”at end of the day we want synergy between platforms by optimizing teamwork “ blah, blah, blah. I owned my own insurance business before I retired and got spared most of it but went to seminars put on by big insurance companies. Apparently, the poor managers who had to give little speeches about what their departments were doing had to use those words to show that they were part of “the team”. I actually felt sorry for them. It was all BS . They knew it and we agents knew it. Pathetic.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Strike3 6/14/2023 10:09:50 AM (No. 1491680)
Not surprising. Many of them are also clueless about basic math, proper English and why they have to work in order to get paid. Even a Monkey knows what "low-hanging fruit" is.
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