Posted 2/5/2024, 3:51:59 PM
Corporate-Speak: How Office Jargon Took Over the Business World and Left Workers Feeling Insecure
- Corporate jargon emerged post-WWII as veterans brought military terms like "strategy" and "logistics" to the business world
- Over time, corporate language has evolved to include silly terms like "ICE" (involuntary career event) that make processes opaque
- People dislike corporate jargon but still use it to signal status and fit into the culture, like "human peacocking"
- Junior employees may feel they need to use jargon to avoid professional consequences and demonstrate competence
- The rise of jargon correlates with more professional insecurity and opportunities for public judgment on platforms like LinkedIn