Workplace buzzwords that are trending right now

The workplace is constantly evolving, and with it, the vocabulary we use to describe our work experiences.
Andreas Jacobsson from Ework has compiled a list of words that is trending right now.

Every year new trends and buzzwords comes along. We may of course laugh at some, handle some with respect, and just let some just pass away. But remembers, these buzzwords are a response to what’s happening in the workplace. Here’s a few of them:

  • Rage applying: Submitting job applications out of frustration with one's current job situation.
  • Queenagers: Older women who embrace life with the enthusiasm and vigor of teenagers.
  • Coffee Badging: When employees shows up at the office for enough time to have a cup of     coffee, show their face and get a “badge swipe”, and then go home to continue working.
  • Anti-Perks: Workplace "benefits" that employees don't care about because they feel they could harm productivity or their well-being.
  • Green-Collar: Jobs in the environmental sectors, focusing on sustainability.
  • Quiet Hiring: Adding capacity without hiring new full-time employees, such as using contractors or existing staff in new ways.
  • Quiet Firing: Passive-aggressive ways of getting employees to leave without formally firing them, like not giving them tasks or ignoring them.
  • Quiet Cutting: Subtly reducing employee benefits or opportunities without making a formal announcement.
  • Quiet Thriving: Employees succeeding or being content without striving for promotions or recognition.
  • Quiet Quitting: Doing the bare minimum at one's job without actually leaving the position.
  • Quiet Ambition: Having personal goals and ambitions that are not openly shared or pursued aggressively.
  • Loud Quitting: Publicly announcing one's resignation, sometimes in a dramatic or attention-getting way.
  • Lazy Girl Job and Snail Girl Era: Refers to a desire for low-effort jobs or a slower-paced lifestyle.
  • Hush Trips: Working remotely somewhere else without letting your boss know.
  • Quittok: Likely a reference to discussing quitting or job dissatisfaction on the social media platform TikTok.
  • The Big Stay: Choosing to stay in one's current job despite opportunities to leave or the trend of mass resignations.
  • Boreout: A state of workplace boredom and lack of engagement that can lead to mental health issues.
  • Bare Minimum Mondays: Doing the least amount of work acceptable on Mondays, possibly to ease into the workweek.
  • Career Cushioning: Taking steps to secure one's job position or prepare for future career moves.
  • Proximity Bias: The preference for employees who are physically present in the office, potentially affecting remote workers negatively.

 Help you navigate

Understanding and adapting to these terms can not only help you navigate the workplace but also guide you in making informed decisions about your career trajectory. Whether you’re a quiet quitter or a green-collar pioneer, the most important thing is to find what works best for you in this ever-changing landscape of work.