Definition of Guard Rails

Boundaries that are put in place in order to protect the company from risks. These boundaries can be in the form of policies, procedures, or even physical barriers. Guard rails are put in place to ensure that the company stays within its boundaries and does not venture into areas that could be harmful.

Example: The VP of Engineering was concerned about the rising costs with increased site traffic, so asked the team to put in guard rails to monitor and prevent costs scaling exponentially.

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"Guard Rails" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Guard Rails" was last updated in 2023.

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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Word of the Day

Date: 05/25/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Guard Rails." Dictionary, Accessed 05/25/2024.