Most Hated Corporate Buzzwords

CareerBuilder.com did a poll to determine the most reviled corporate buzzwords.  Incredibly people are still uttering "outside the box", which is the most hated term by 31 percent of the respondents. 

The rest of the list:

  • Low-hanging fruit (24 percent)
  • Synergy (23 percent)
  • Loop me in (22 percent)
  • Best of breed (19 percent)
  • Incentivize (19 percent)
  • Mission-critical (19 percent)
  • Bring to the table (18 percent)
  • Value-add (17 percent)
  • Elevator pitch (16 percent)
  • Actionable items (15 percent)
  • Proactive (15 percent)
  • Circle back (13 percent)
  • Bandwidth (13 percent)
  • High level (10 percent)
  • Learnings (9 percent)
  • Next steps (6 percent)

So what is the importance of this list to you?  Just know that if you choose to bring these cliches to the table, you might incentivize others to circle back on you.