Office

Office The word ‘office’ meaning, “a post; an employment to which certain duties are attached,” comes from Middle English in the mid-13c; borrowed from the Old French word ofice, meaning , “[a] place or function; divine service”. It can also be taken directly from the Latin term, officium, meaning “[a] service, kindness, favor; official duty,Read more about Office[…]

Uniform

Uniform comes from the latin word uniformis, from uni-, which means one, and -formis, meaning form (Merriam Webster). The word can be used either as a noun, verb, or adjective, but its verb form is the least common in the English language (Oxford English Dictionary). Its first usage-in its adjective form-can be dated back toRead more about Uniform[…]

Passion

In contemporary English, the word ‘passion’ refers to strong emotions and intensity. One context of the word that is worth looking at is in relation to work.  “Everyone wants to have passion in their work,” Kristi Hedges writes in Forbes in an article titled “Let’s Get Real About Passion At Work.” Why should we beRead more about Passion[…]

Workforce

Workforce originated in 1947 and derives from the nouns “work” and “force.” Old English weorc referred to “something done, a discreet act performed by someone, a voluntary or required action, a proceeding, or a business” (“Work”).  The Old English term was also defined as “physical labor, toil, a skilled trade, craft or occupation, or anRead more about Workforce[…]

Skills

Skill originated from the Old Norse word skil, a noun meaning difference or distinction (Oxford English Dictionary). It developed in Middle English to mean a sense of what was just or right. For instance, in his book, Active Policy of a Prince, George Ashby wrote about ruling over a state by saying “thei shall reuleRead more about Skills[…]

Entrepreneurship

I An entrepreneur is an individual who takes on the responsibilities of a business venture. An entrepreneur is a “risk-taker” (Case, The Origins of Entrepreneurship). An entrepreneur is an “agent of change” (Sobel, Entrepreneurship, The Library of Economics and Liberty). They are the movers, shakers, and producers of the market. Entrepreneurship, in its simplest form,Read more about Entrepreneurship[…]

exposure

Exposure is now regularly inserted into the workplace as a means to an end; the type and amount of exposure one has lends significance to the experience or qualification of an individual. As Pierre Bourdieu aligns in the first chapter of “The Forms of Capital,” capital is defined as “accumulated labor.” In conversation with exposure,Read more about exposure[…]

贏在起跑線

“贏在起跑線” is an ubiquitously used phrase amongst Hong Kong people that holds heavy significance to in relation to the local working culture. The phrase literally translates to “to win at the starting line”, which alludes to the privilege that one is already born into that eventually manifests itself into success and/or desperate (“newbie) parents investingRead more about 贏在起跑線[…]

Network

Network is a word in modern English which is both used as a noun or a verb. It can be traced back to the 16th century when it was used in William Tyndale’s Bible of 1530: “and he made a brasen gredyren of networke”1 (Esxod. xxxviii. f. lxxv) This is the passage where Moses buildsRead more about Network[…]