work culture & business

Our concept of work and work culture is changing as traditional ideas of work boundaries, both physical and technological, evolve. With so many distractions and interruptions at the office, “I get more work done at home than I do at work” seems to be a common phrase heard in offices. In response to these great distracting forces at work, companies are finding that isolation and “quiet time” (rather than intense collaboration and open spaces) actually boost productivity. We’re seeing a lot of old-fashioned nurturing from companies when it comes to employee independence, but also some innovative solutions to squeeze the most productivity out of workers whenever employers can.

Our terms cover both sides of the solution, with some fun ones peppered in here and there (hello, real-world Hunger Games!). Ultimately, we’ll see the defining lines of work life and personal life continuing to blur, as intense productivity is something that can and will be expected whenever and wherever it’s convenient.

Apple University (n.)

Apple’s secret executive training program to teach business leaders how to learn and think like Steve Jobs.

For more information on Apple University, check out this article in The Los Angeles Times.

Artificial isolation (n.)

The practice of removing oneself from a traditional office setting in order to be less distracted and more productive.

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Bring Your Life to Work Day (n.)

The new business trend of encouraging employees to bring in aspects of their personal lives to the workplace to squeeze the most output from them.

For an example, check out this article about bringing your dog to work.

Co-working (n.)

Sharing a work space among independently employed people such as freelancers, web designers and/or entrepreneurs who would normally work at home.

For examples of co-working, check out The Coop and Desktime.

Enterprise app store (EAS) (n.)

A place where employees can get generic or custom company apps that they need for work, similar to a public app store such as Apple’s App Store.

For more information on enterprise app stores, check out this video and read this article.

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High-priest professionals (n.)

Leaders of groundbreaking tech companies who have almost god-like status: “Because of the way he changed our relationship to technology and design, Millennials consider Steve Jobs to be their high-priest professional.”

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Real-world Hunger Games (n.)

A real-life situation mirroring the brutal, only-one-survivor competition popularized in the Hunger Games books and film. 

For an example of real-world Hunger Games, check out this article.

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Startup incubator (n.)

Entity that offers expert mentorship, resources and sometimes seed money in exchange for a small amount of equity in a startup.

To learn more about startup incubators, check out this article in Forbes, and visit 1871.