We have our own colloquial language and slang, don’t we? Slang of each one of us differs depending on the locality and culture we live in. When we talk with our friends and family we use this slang. What if you are using it in your workplace? Is it acceptable?
Indeed no. Slang cannot be used anytime and anywhere. The University of North Carolina says slang is informal. They defined slang as phrases that tend to originate in the subcultures of society.
If you are the person to host an official meeting in your workplace and you began the welcome note as “Good morning ladies and gentlemen. “Whatch am gonna do is” or say “BAE(Before Anyone Else) I would like to welcome” the sole purpose of the note is ruined. No matter how formally dressed you are, if you use the colloquial language or slang in official conferences the event loses its professionalism.
Slang and colloquial language are open to interpretation. Many of them have double meanings too. You may use it in the good sense but it can be wrongly taken by the person sitting next to you.
When you are dealing with customers or high professionals, this can be challenging. So once if you are in the workplace, it is always better to stick onto formal language.
Using jargons is as complicated as using slang. Everyone you meet in an office will not be aware of jargons. Put across the ideas in simple language.
Avoid idioms and sophisticated language. The objective of language is to exchange thoughts in a comprehensive manner. If you want to use a tech term in your communication, make it known to all.
Use words and phrases widely acceptable by clients and coworkers. Sometimes you may have to deal with people from other locations. In such contexts, you can neither use your slang nor the standardised language. Just listen to how they speak and try adopting the accent and style for easy communication. You should be flexible enough to include other colloquial words which will help you in the long run.
When it comes to writing, consult a thesaurus. Be careful when you choose words. Attend classes on international language differences.
If your firm is frequently in touch with customers from another country, familiarise yourself with their common phrases. This will help you learn and acquire new things.
If you are talking with a person who is from a different culture, you have to check on them whether they were able to follow what you have told. If they seem confused, explain it in their slang or make it more simple.
Enhancing your vocabulary skills is the best thing you can do to avoid using slang or jargons. Sign up for an email “word-of-the-day.” A person rich with vocabulary is professional and precise even in their casual chitchats.
If you are a leader, there is much more to do with regard to the usage of slang. One is, you have to take care of your own language and second is, you are to pay close attention to the language used by your team. Conduct language classes. Encourage speaking sessions and correct each other when needed. Never undervalue focusing on language as it can influence your customer services, sales, investments and other official aspects.