The Remote Work Glossary: get in on the lingo

27.05.20 10:42 AM By Caitlin

With remote work now commonplace, there's a few buzzwords popping up more regularly in conversation. Get up with the lingo here!


Remote work: at its very simplest remote work could be described as someone completing their role from anywhere but the physical company office. That might mean working from home, from a coworking space, in a cafe or a library. Also know as work from home (WFH for the cool kids), telecommuting.work from home (WFH for the cool kids), telecommuting.work from home (WFH for the cool kids), telecommuting.work from home (WFH for the cool kids), telecommuting.


Remote workers: those working remotely. Can also be known as digital nomads (traditionally millennial types who travel and work with no fixed residence) or freelancers.


Flexible work: generally refers to non-fixed working arrangements. This will usually include working different hours and can include some time spent working remotely, however flexible doesn't exclusively mean remote.


Distributed team: a team of workers who are all working remotely. This could be an entire company, a department within a company or even just a team of workers


Hybrid/co-located team: a team of workers where some are working remotely and some work from the physical office.


Coworking space: a ‘bricks and mortar’ building set up to host remote workers in a central location. Coworking spaces will often include office basics like desks and internet connection, but will also have meeting areas and video call facilities. Coworking spaces are frequented by remote workers to access services not available in their home office and to avoid isolation and burnout.


Synchronous communication: communication that occurs in real time that you need to be present to interact. Examples include telephone and video calls and stand up meetings. This style of communication assumes the communicator requires an immediate response.


Asynchronous communication: communication that occurs ‘in the background’, at any time. Examples include email, marking up comments in documents and interacting in project management software. This style of communication assumes the communicator does not require an immediate response.


Sprint: A short period of time dedicated to intense productivity for an entire team, during which interruptions are prevented and distractions are minimised.


Stand-up Meeting: A very short meeting (usually held on a daily or weekly basis) during which team members report on progress and explain upcoming goals.


Video Call: A call utilising both audio and visual elements so that participants can both see and hear each other as they communicate. Examples of software include Zoom and Google Hangouts.


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