Growing up, we were often told a simple formula for success. Show up. Do your job. Kick @$$. Repeat.
It sounds simple enough, and there is some truth to it. However, any adult knows that getting ahead in the workplace is actually more complicated. Sure, a good performance is always helpful, but unfortunately, your boss’ impression of you can sometimes count for more than that.
We’re not saying you should suck up to your higher-ups. (They probably find that just as off-putting as outright hostility.) No, it’s all about presenting a more professional front at work.
How Slang Words Can Hurt Your Professional Image
Language is forever evolving with the times, so it’s not unusual to adapt the local vernacular in daily communication. On the other hand, certain environments call for a degree of formality, especially where speech is involved. The workplace is one such environment.
Save for perhaps the creative industry, the office is hardly the place for buzzwords. For one, they can alienate your superiors, who tend to be from an older generation. Secondly, constantly relying on slang to express yourself can come off immature, unpolished, and yes, even less-educated.
Let’s not even talk about how swearing can make you seem uncouth and rude.
Hardly sounds like someone you’d want to promote, right?
Which Colloquialisms To Avoid
The jobs site CV-Library surveyed over 300 employers over which words can diminish an employee’s credibility in their eyes. The head honchos of each company thus enumerated the following:
- Obviously (49.8%)
- Literally (45.9%)
- Like (42.4%)
- Just sayin’ (16.2%)
- Banter (14.4%)
- Totes (14%)
- Amazeballs (11.4%)
- My bad (10.5%)
- Yolo (10%)
- Me thinks (8.7%)
- Sorry not sorry (8.3%)
- On fleek (7.9%)
- Epic fail (4.8%)
- Cheeky (5.2%)
Best save those hashtag terms for social media then.
The lesson here is that upskilling alone won’t get you further. How you communicate and carry yourself matters just as much, if not more, so let’s be sure to include that in our self-improvement plans, yes?