Another List: The Most Popular Work Terms of 2023

New words become a part of our everyday vocabulary all the time, and it’s true of job lingo, too. These are some of the work-related words and terms that defined 2023.

  • The “lazy girl job” - This phrase was popularized by TikToker Gabrielle Judge, who defined it in a video in May, explaining “lazy girl jobs” are positions where you can have “pretty comfortable salaries, and not do that much work and be remote.” It’s especially appealing to younger professionals who want boundaries between work and personal lives and aren’t afraid to ask for it.
  • “Bare minimum Mondays” - This term is all about starting the work week off by doing less. Content creator Marisa Jo Mayes helped make the term popular after sharing a TikTok video about how she decided to allow herself to do the absolute bare minimum for work on Mondays and how it helped her stop dreading the work week.
  • “Voluntelling” - This phrase was popularized by the U.S. military and it describes when someone is volunteered for a task they didn’t ask for and it can apply at a job as well, when a boss gives you a task you can’t really say no to.
  • “‘Hey’ hanging” - Does getting a brief “Hey” on an instant messenger platform like Slack send you into a panic spiral? That’s what “‘hey’ hanging” is, feeling anxious after getting just a greeting from someone in the office that’s confusing and leaves you unsure how to reply.
  • “Quiet cutting” - Last year, “quiet quitting” became a popular phrase to describe workers doing the minimum at work while looking for a better job. “Quiet cutting” refers to when you get a “reassignment of duties” at work and no longer have the role or job title you were hired for, but you still have a job. Sometimes it’s just a shift in responsibilities, but it could also be a warning sign about your future at the company.
  • “Post-work restraint collapse” - Therapists use this term to describe the extreme exhaustion caused by draining work days. So if you’ve ever felt like screaming into your pillow or not leaving the couch after an especially hard day at work, you’re experiencing that collapse, which can leave people so spent, they don’t have the energy for things they love.

Source: Huff Post


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