Good communication is key to collaboration, problem solving and, ultimately, success in the workplace. Annoying a colleague when you speak creates a barrier to good communication, and all those benefits that come along with it.
A recent Marist Poll asked respondents what words, phrases and verbal fillers were the most annoying. “Whatever” topped the list of conversation turnoffs.
Here are the words in order of most annoying to least:
Whatever – 38 percent of respondents reported being annoyed
Like – 20 percent
You know – 19 percent
Just saying – 11 percent
Seriously – 7 percent