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Learn the New Office Lingo: Part 2

Learn the New Office Lingo: Part 2

Earlier this year, we brought you the New Office Lingo. You liked it so much, weΓÇÖve brought it back ΓÇô with a second part. So hereΓÇÖs yet more New Office Lingo.

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Technology isnΓÇÖt just changing our workplace, itΓÇÖs changing our vocab too. This phrase is definitely a product of the internet age and increased surveillance of employeesΓÇÖ internet usage in particular.

Sometimes used as a hashtag, #notsafeforwork is used to denote a link to material which might not be suitable for viewing in the office ΓÇô either because itΓÇÖs likely to be against company internet policy or because itΓÇÖs likely to cause offence. Open at your peril.


A natural reaction to the open-plan office, a microspace is any very small space within the office, designated for a specific purpose. TheyΓÇÖre often intended to provide individual workers with a private space away from the hubbub of the main office. Nap pods ΓÇô as used at Google ΓÇô are one example.


Because we know that spending eight hours a day sat at a desk is bad for our health ΓÇô and leaving our desks is bad for our career prospects. Deskercise is the answer ΓÇô and is now popular enough that itΓÇÖs entered mainstream vocabulary. It can refer to any kind of exercise you do at or in the vicinity of your desk, from a few shoulder rolls or calf raises, to more attention-grabbing moves like tricep dips or lunges.

See a deskercise routine in action with this video by IsoWhey. (Ian, you will note, has a private office.)

Coffice and cofficing

The practice of “officing” in a coffee shop (the coffice being your coffee shop office). However, as we pointed out in a recent blog, this phrase may be dead in the water before it’s had chance to really get going. Café owners are beginning to take a stand against table-monopolising workers which could mean that the demise of coffee shop working is on its way.

Wi-Fi squatters (UK)

In the UK, they’re known as Wi-Fi squatter, in the US as laptop hobos – although they probably like to think of themselves as cofficing (see above). Wi-Fi squatters are those people who spend all day working in a café – especially those who buy only the minimum number of coffees they can get away with during their stay.

What do you think of the new office lingo? Is there anything else we should add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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