Articles about Words at Work

Job search

The 4 words far too many people forget to say in interviews

Surprisingly enough, in between reciting our three strengths and weaknesses and phrasing our salary expectations in a favorable way, many people are forgetting to say “I want this job.”

Language

Use your grown-up voice! Ditch vocal fry, baby talk or bro-language

The thing is that whether you realize it or not, the way you speak might be alienating others in the workplace or your work orbit.

Office Life

4 things you should never utter when your manager is in earshot

Some things should really be common sense, but it always pays to have a refresher: there are a bunch of things you should never, ever say when your boss is around. Here are four of those things.

Humor

These 8 innocent email clichés aren’t so innocent after all

Here’s what I really mean when I’m using this seemingly innocent email cliché.

Job search

Words you should never say to a hiring manager during an interview

One answer to a hiring manager kills most interviews. Why? Because everyone between you and the CEO doesn’t want your vision or ideas. That stuff costs money. They want you to work on their vision and their ideas. They don’t need yours.

Humor

An illustrative guide to common words people tend to misuse

We've all been there. There are just certain words that sound so much alike even though they have completely different meanings. And sometimes, when we are required to spell them, it is a STRUGGLE.

Communication

2 words every public speaker should avoid at all costs

When we fall back on the same words during a speech, the audience senses it right away. People start to think, “He’s really doing that a lot. Kind of annoying.” What’s “that”? A distracting tic or habit.

Words at Work

7 words that make you sound passive aggressive at work

Refrain from using these seven stereotypically passive-aggressive words when interacting with people at work, and you can avoid unnecessary and unproductive tension in the office.

Words at Work

Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips

Poor writing can make others think you aren't intelligent. Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.

Words at Work

Old expressions updated for the modern professional

How can you stop using those pesky expressions that mark you as being out of touch? First things first, identify why they’re so annoying.

Communication

How to explain a complex topic in simple terms

Strong writing skills are paramount. You don’t want to confuse people when you try to break down a difficult topic. On the flip side, employees will appreciate how you simplified the issue and, in doing so, valued their time and attention.

Words at Work

These are the 10 office cliches you need to stop using

A new survey that looked at the communication behaviors of 2,000 U.S. workers, exposes the words that are so overused they have lost meaning in the workplace.

Job Search

Words and phrases you should never include in your cover letter

It goes without saying that you always want to present yourself in the best possible light when you’re job searching. From how you structure your resume to what you say during a job interview, it all counts towards (and against) you during the selection and hiring process.

Communication

How to use the right tone in emails

Your messages are more than facts and figures about the business. Each word carries tone and significance, and employees scrutinize every sentence in search of meaning.

Words at Work

7 types of words you need to stop capitalizing

Capitalization matters. When you handle upper and lowercase words like a pro, it shows poise, smarts and maturity. Proper capitalization is one more way to distance yourself from the competition.

Job search

What words should you never say when being interviewed for a job?

Here are a few that are considered “red flag words” by interviewers.

News

Study: You make five times as many writing errors on your phone than a PC

People make an average of five times as many errors writing on our phones than when using a computer, "even though fewer words are typed on mobile."

Words at Work

Sorry, but these 5 words, you like, really, kind of overuse

Though training your tongue will take some time — especially if you’ve never edited yourself before — you can get started with these overused words. According to career experts, they have no place in your office or inbox.

Words at Work

Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter

Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.

Productivity

How assertive communication can change your life

Assertive communication is like a muscle. You have to flex it.

Words at Work

25 buzzwords that make smart people sound stupid

These phrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the heck out of people.

News

‘Hi,’ ‘Hey,’ ‘Hello’: Why casual email greetings are the way to go

When you start an email, do you go for the more casual, "Yo, what's up," or for the more buttoned-up "Dear Madam or Sir"? A new analysis of 300,000 emails found that how you start an email can decide whether or not you get a response.

Advice

How to speak up and advocate for your accomplishments at work

Being an introvert in the office can be hard. They have a lot to offer at work, but sometimes have a difficult time speaking up to show it. Here's how to advocate for your accomplishments and skills when you're not the most outgoing employee in the office.

Job Search

You’re probably using one of these “buzzwords” on your LinkedIn profile, but is that a good thing?

While there are already a bunch of super annoying phrases that people use at work, LinkedIn recently released the 2018 list of “buzzwords” that people use the most in their profiles.

Words at Work

9 words and phrases that make any professional look weak

Certain words can have a long-lasting impact. Don't let these slip into your conversation.