Future of Work Glossary
Sep 28, 2021
Navigating the new world of work is complicated. The pandemic has changed the way we work, and also the way we talk about how we work.
We realised that it would be useful if we created a comprehensive glossary (that we update regularly!) with all the terms associated with the future of work!
Asynchronous Working — Asynchronous (Async) working is a model where employees at a company do not work during traditional working hours. They all work at hours that suit their lifestyle and needs, such as childcare.
Blended Team — A blended team is a team where some employees work in the office and some work remotely.
Co-Located Team — A co-located team is a team which is primarily based out of one office.
Coworking — Coworking is an arrangement where employees of multiple companies share office space, and in the process can share equipment, ideas and knowledge.
Coworking Space — A coworking space is an office or location where coworking happens.
Compressed Working Week — A compressed working week is a type of flexible working where employees can condense their work week into fewer days by working longer hours on those days.
Digital Nomad — A digital nomad is a remote employee who travels to (and works from) different locations.
Digital Work — Digital work is work that is primarily performed through the use of online tools as opposed to physical work. Digital work lends itself well to remote or hybrid working.
Distributed Company — A distributed company is any company where employees work from more than one location (a central office).
Distributed Team — A distributed team is any team of employees who work from multiple locations.
Employer of Record — an employer of record (EOR) is a third party organisation that is contracted by a company to pay their employees working in a different country to the company. Organisations use EORs to hire the best international talent.
Flexible Working — Flexible working is a working model where companies give their employees freedom over where they choose to work and what times they choose to work. This is a broad term, so it is worth clarifying with employers how flexible they are.
Flexible Work Week — A working week where employees split their time between the office and working remotely.
Future of Work — An expression used to represent new trends in the way we work, that the pandemic has accelerated.
Global Employer — A global employer is an organisation that hires employees from countries around the world.
Hot Desking — A system used to organise office space, where different individuals will use desks at different times on an ad-hoc basis. The aim is to maximise space efficiency and streamline office space.
Hybrid First — A company where the majority of employees work under a hybrid model, splitting their time between an office or hub, and working remotely. At a hybrid first company, hybrid working is considered the norm.
Hybrid Meeting — A meeting where some participants meet in person, and some are connected by video or phone in.
Hybrid Remote (Company) — A company where the majority of employees either work under a hybrid model, splitting their time between an office or hub, and working remotely, or they work fully remotely.
Hybrid Working — Hybrid working is a working model where an individual, team or company spends part of their time working in an office or hub, and part of their time working remotely.
The New Office Normal — An expression for hybrid working which reflects the speed at which it has been adopted by major companies.
Office Centric — A company where the majority of employees work in an office and working in an office is considered the norm.
Office First — A company where the majority of employees work in an office and working in an office is considered the norm.
Offshoring — Offshoring is the process where in house responsibilities are re-allocated to overseas employees.
Outsourcing — Outsourcing is the process of hiring third party contractors to perform certain duties.
Remote Employee — A remote employee is an employee who does not regularly come into the office.
Remote First — A company where the majority of employees work remotely and working remotely is considered the norm.
Remote Hiring — Remote hiring is the recruitment of employees for remote or hybrid roles.
Remote Meeting — A meeting where all participants are connected by video or phone in.
Remote Work — Remote work is an arrangement where an employee is able to work away from an office.
Synchronous Working — Synchronous working is a model where all employees work during the same hours.
Telecommuting — Telecommuting is when employees carry out work remotely.
Virtual Meeting — A virtual meeting is a meeting that takes place using video or audio conferencing software.
Virtual Office — A virtual office is an arrangement where companies gain access to the benefits of a physical office, such as a business address, without being physically based out of an office.
WFH — Work from home.
WFO — Work from (the) office.
WFX — Work from anywhere.