Human Resources

TOP BRASS tɒp bræs

07 Aug 2020

Noun

  • people in the key positions of an organization or a company.
Example Sentence: The car manufacturer's top brass started panicking when share prices plunged at the beginning of Q2.
 

TO WORK IN SHIFTS  

05 Aug 2020

Phrase

  • to work in a certain period of the day after and/or before another group of workers.
Example Sentence: After working on the night shift for half a year, James realized his sleep pattern became extremely problematic – he wasn't able to sleep at night on his days-off anymore.
 

APTITUDE TEST æptɪˌtud tɛst

28 Jul 2020

Noun

  • a test which measures a person's ability to do a certain job
Example Sentence: Candidates will be required to complete an aptitude test.
 

ASSIGN əˈsaɪn

24 Jul 2020

Verb

  • to give a particular job or task to somebody.
Example Sentence: The job of finding more seats for the event was assigned to Paul.
 

AGEISM eɪdʒɪzəm

23 Jul 2020

Noun

  • to treat somebody unfairly because of their age.
Example Sentence: She claims that she was refused the job because of ageism.
 

APPOINT əˈpɔɪnt

11 Jul 2020

Verb

  • to officially give somebody a job, task or responsibility
Example Sentence: He was appointed as head of the investigation.
 

CASUAL WORK kæʒuəl wɜrk

27 Jun 2020

Noun

  • work that is not permanent, with no obligation for the employer to provide the usual employment conditions such as sick leave.
Example Sentence: Casual jobs which last for a few days only are available throughout the year in my favourite country, New Zealand.
 

DAMAGES dæmɪdʒ

17 Jun 2020

Noun

  • the money/compensation you get if someone/something has caused you injury or harm.
Example Sentence: My company seeks EUR 10,000 in damages from our competitor since they've obviously copied the basic features of our best selling product.
 

TO HIT A GLASS CEILING  

14 Jun 2020

Phrase

  • the phenomenon when a career seems to be advancing for a while and then – for no apparent reason – promotions stop and the person is stuck in a certain position or at a certain level on the career ladder.
Example Sentence: They often say there's an invisible glass ceiling women hit at their workplace – certain positions are simply available only for men.
 

TO DOWNSIZE daʊnˌsaɪz

22 May 2020

Verb

  • to cut the number of employees because the company wants to reduce costs.
Example Sentence: When the company decided to 'let me go' because they were downsizing, I started to panic. It took me two weeks to calm down and start thinking about what's next.
 

TO FREEZE friz

19 May 2020

Verb

  • to hold the price of a product, service, salaries, wages etc at the same level for some time.
Example Sentence: The government has decided to freeze wages in the public sector due to the after-effects of the economic crisis.
 

TO FIRE SOMEONE faɪər sʌmˌwʌn

18 May 2020

Verb

  • to officially terminate somebody's employment; to make someone leave their job.
Example Sentences: He was so bad at handling customer complaints that in the end we had to fire him.
Andy got fired last week because he turned out to be the spy of our competitor.
 

OVERHEADS oʊvərˈhɛds

08 May 2020

Adjective

  • regular costs that a business must pay, such as electricity, salaries, etc.
Example Sentence: Internet companies have much lower overheads.
 

ADMINISTRATION ædˌmɪnəˈstreɪʃən

09 Apr 2020

Noun

  • the management of any office, business, or organization; direction.
Example Sentence: Changes to the administration will occur after May 1st.
 

WHITE COLLAR WORKERS  

15 Feb 2020

Phrase

  • Are people who work in offices, doing work that needs mental rather than physical effort. White collar workers are generally better educated and more highly paid.
Example Sentence: Jim is a typical white collar worker – university-educated, middle-class background, working for a well-known high-street bank.
 
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