Unit 19: Vocabulary

Please study the 20 vocabulary terms below. Then press the Mark Complete button to continue.
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asynchronous
not at the same time
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"When a team is spread over several locations, especially in different timezones, they will almost always work using asynchronous tools such as email, Teams, or Slack."
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AFK (away from keyboard)
a phrase to let others know that you won't be on your computer and therefore not engage with them for a while
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"Just letting you know I'll be AFK for a few hours."
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blended work
a model where employees can perform their duties when and where they want
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New parents especially are loving the increased availability of blended work, as it allows them to spend more time at home with their children while still working full-time.
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cloud storage
a digital space where data can be saved online
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There are many cloud storage providers, such as Dropbox, Google Cloud Platform, and Amazon Web Services.
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collaboration tool
online service that allow two or more people to work on the same task together
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Collaboration tools like Google Workspace, Trello, etc. are very popular for team projects, as it allows all team members to view the same calendar, edit the same documents, and complete their tasks more smoothly together.
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coworking
people from different companies or self-employed people completing their tasks in the same space, usually to create a productive environment and share equipment or knowledge
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As a freelancer, I like to go to coworking spaces, as I tend to be more productive there.
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digital nomad
a person who regularly changes their location while fulfilling their job responsibilities
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Passionate travelers often become digital nomads, as this lifestyle allows them to see the world while still having a steady job.
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DM (direct message)
a private communication between two parties that is sent via an online platform
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"If you are interested in my proofreading services, you can DM me on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram to request a personal price quote."
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distributed team
members of the same group working in different locations
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We are a distributed team with team members in Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Indonesia, so we connect on Zoom for meetings.
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expat (expatriate)
a person who lives and works in another country than their place of origin
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Expats often form communities, as it can be comforting to connect with other foreigners in an unfamiliar place.
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eyestrain
tired or painful eyes after overexerting them
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His neck was stiff and he had an eyestrain from staring at his screen for too long.
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remote
removed in distance, time, or relation
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This job posting is remote-friendly, meaning the person filling the position will be able to work away from a central location.
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screen mirroring
projecting what is displayed on one's device onto another monitor
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There are wired and wireless options for screen mirroring, such as using an HDMI cable, or connecting devices via a network.
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screen sharing
giving another person access to what is displayed on one's device
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Most popular video communication tools like Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet have screen sharing options to facilitate communication.
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SaaS (Software as a Service)
a business model licensing cloud-based web applications to clients via subscription
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SaaS is a very broad spectrum, ranging from email providers to cloud storage, and more.
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telecommute
to electronically link to a company for work
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I use my company's intranet to telecommute every day.
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VA (virtual assistant)
a person who provides remote support, often involving secretarial tasks
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As a VA, I do research, take calls, schedule meetings, and arrange travel plans for my employer, while all our communication happens online.
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VPN (virtual private network)
a tool that enables users to establish a private connection while being connected to the internet publicly, encrypting the person's online identity and activity
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Many people like to use a VPN for more privacy while being online.
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WFA (work from anywhere)
an arrangement where an employee completes their tasks from any location of their choosing
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I have a WFA arrangement with my employer, which is great because I love working from quaint little cafes and feeling like I am in a movie.
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WFH (work from home)
an arrangement where an employee completes their tasks at their residence
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Work from home can be a temporary or permanent arrangement, depending on the employer and situation.
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