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Learn the New Office Lingo

Learn the New Office Lingo

Do you deskfast? How about hosting a micro meeting ΓÇô maybe in the third workplace? Confused? Meet the new office lingo. (DonΓÇÖt worry; weΓÇÖll help you decode it.)


As a reflection of our on-the-go lifestyles, eating your breakfast at your desk now has its own special word ΓÇô deskfasting. And not before time, as a recent study by Alpro revealed that one in four UK office workers regularly eat breakfast at their desks.

As yet, thereΓÇÖs no dedicated terminology for getting toast crumbs in your keyboard, but weΓÇÖre sure itΓÇÖs only a matter of time.

Micro meetings

So Mike from marketing just came over to your desk to discuss that new website project youΓÇÖre working on. You might call that fifteen-minute conversation a chat ΓÇô but according to the new office lingo, what actually happened was a micro meeting.

Yes, youΓÇÖre probably right in thinking itΓÇÖs a fancy way of referring to a work-related conversation between colleagues ΓÇô but youΓÇÖve got to admit, it sounds pretty impressive.

Third workplace

ItΓÇÖs not the office. ItΓÇÖs not your home office. It must be the third workplace ΓÇô or, in others, a co-working or flexible working space which is halfway (figuratively, not geographically) between your home and the company office.

ΓÇ£Email apnoeaΓÇ¥

The average UK worker sends and receives more than 10,000 emails a year. So itΓÇÖs no wonder that weΓÇÖre starting to tune out.

According to Linda Stone who coined the term, email apnoea is when a person breathes more shallowly or even holds their breath while working or playing at a computer screen. Apparently, around eighty per cent of us do it and office workers, given the nature of our work, are particularly at risk.


Also known by the slightly less appealing ΓÇ£cyber-slackingΓÇ¥, cyber-loafing is what your boss would call time wasting on the web when you should be working. As the internet and social media dominates an ever larger proportion of our lives, the opportunities for distraction are multiplying too.

Perhaps worryingly for bosses, cyber-loafing isnΓÇÖt restricted to the desk any more, with 70% of office workers admitting to checking social media feeds in meetings too.


Work continues to shift from a place we go to a thing we do and, thanks to mobile working, so too does the office. So it should be no surprise that workers have started to refer to themselves as “officing” ΓÇô whether thatΓÇÖs from home, the corporate HQ or a third workplace (see above).


According to the social media experts, weΓÇÖre all profersonal now ΓÇô professionals who blend the professional and personal aspects of our lives seamlessly.

ItΓÇÖs a product of the social media age, which means our Twitter followers and LinkedIn lists are often a mix of friends and family, colleagues and clients. A natural setup for some, but a bit awkward for others ΓÇô especiallly when your mum and your boss start comparing notes on your timekeeping.

What have we missed? What other new office working words do we need to know?

Author: | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

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