New words – 15 May 2023

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Bare Minimum Mondays noun [plural]
UK /ˌbeə ˌmɪn.ɪ.məm ˈmʌn.deɪz/ US /ˌber ˌmɪn.ə.məm ˈmʌn.deɪz/
the trend of doing as little as possible at work on Mondays in order to reduce stress during the rest of the week

There’s a new day of the week that’s gaining popularity among Gen Z workers — “Bare Minimum Mondays.” Bare Minimum Mondays give employees the opportunity to focus only on the most essential tasks on Mondays, freeing up the rest of the week for more creative and fulfilling work.
[, 27 March 2023]

the Great Regret noun [S]
/ðə ˌgreɪt rɪˈgret/
a trend in the employment market that has seen many people who left their jobs during the Great Resignation regret their decision

The “Great Resignation” is now the “Great Regret”: 80% of job hoppers wish they hadn’t quit their old roles, with Gen Z the most regretful … It seemed like such a good idea at the time. And yet for those who handed in their notice during the so-called “Great Resignation” of 2021, many have seen little benefit for the upheaval.
[, 9 February 2023]

proximity bias noun [U]
UK /prɒkˈsɪm.ə.ti ˌbaɪ.əs/ US /prɑːkˈsɪm.ə.t̬i ˌbaɪ.əs/
the way in which people, usually managers, are more likely to treat an employee better if the employee is physically present in the workplace rather than working remotely

The recent shift to remote and hybrid work has created a “visibility” concern for many employees. Proximity bias describes how people in positions of power tend to treat workers who are physically closer to them more favorably, and stems from the antiquated assumption that those who work remotely are less productive than those who work from the office.
[, 4 October 2022]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 15 May 2023

  1. How about “ bare minimum vocabulary “ where we just use the richness of the existing English language and stop inventing needless phrases. As we see above the “great resignation” swiftly became redundant it’s adoption became irrelevant

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