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        affirmative  Indicating agreement, or a positive approach.

ambitious  Having a strong desire for success or achievement.

anti-discrimination legislation  Legal measures taken to protect minority and disadvantagedpeople against prejudice and discrimination in the workplace.

appraisal  An evaluation or (updated) assessment process offered toemployees, often carried out on an annual basis and leading to trainingopportunities, promotion, etc.

assertive  Having a positive and insistent approach to interpersonalrelationships.

assessment  The process of judging the worth or value of something orsomebody.

benefits  An allowance (usually financial) to which a person isentitled. These could be sickness or unemployment benefits, or a financialincentive as part of a salary offer.

blue-collar  Relating to manual industrial workers (cf. white-collar).

bonus Somethinggiven or paid above what is expected.

brainstorming  Intensive and spontaneous discussion process to generate ideas.

buzzword  a currently fashionable word, typically used within aparticular group, which has popularity for a limited time.

collective bargaining  Negotiation between unions and employers (or employerorganisations) on incomes and working conditions of employees.

compensation  Payment made as reparation for loss or injury.

compromise, to  To settle a dispute by making concessions.

compulsory  Obligatory, required by laws, regulations or policies (cf.voluntary).

concede, to  To admit or agree that something is true or correct.

core jobs  The essential tasks that make up the fundamental part of anenterprise.

CV (curriculum vitae)  An outline of a person’s education and professional history,usually prepared for a job application (also resumé).

deadlock  Asituation reached (eg. In a negotiation) between two opposing parties where nofurther action is possible.

delegate, to  To pass on given tasks or duties to someone else.

dispute Anargument or disagreement.

downsizing  Reducing the workforce, usually to cut costs.

expertise  Special skill, knowledge or judgement.

flexitime  A system permitting flexible working hours.

glass ceiling  The subtle and unacknowledged barrier which may be perceivedas preventing women from rising to the top in some organisations.

golden handshake  A compensation package for an executive leaving a company.

golden hello  A large sum of money offered to an executive to join acompany.

hard-headed  Tough, realistic or shrewd.

harassment  Persistent annoying or insulting behaviour, often inflictedon a less powerful individual or group (eg: sexual harassment, racial harassment, etc.).

headhunter  Specialist recruitment consultants who try to persuadeexecutives to leave their present job to join another company.

Human Resources  (HR)  Preferred alternative term forpersonnel in a company.

incentive  A payment made to motivate or increase performance.

industrial relations  Relations between management and workers’ representatives.

Knowledge Management (KM)  The management of organisational processes that combines thecontrol and implementation of data, the information processing capacity of IT,and the creative and innovative capacity of human beings.

lean management  Reducing costs within an organisation to the minimum – oftenused as a euphemism for the process of cutting staff. (lean = slim, with the‘fat removed’).

loyalty Thestate of showing continued faith in, or support for, someone or something.

lump sum  A large payment made in one single instalment.

maternity leave  A period of paid absence from work for women, for an agreedperiod before and after the birth of a child. (cf. paternity leave).

negotiate, to  To work through a process to find an agreement or commonground.

networking  Forming business contacts through informal, social meetingsand events.

outstanding  Superior, excellent or distinguished.

overtime  Work recognised as done in addition to the regular hours ofemployment.

overlook, to  To fail to notice something; to deliberately disregardsomething.

oversee, to  To watch over or supervise.

paternity leave  A period of paid absence from work granted to men who chooseto look after their children at home in order that their partners can go out towork.

peer group  Those people who are considered to be on the same level(either in age, social or professional status, position in a company, etc.).Also peerpressure, peer recognition.

pension Aregular payment made by an employer to a retired employee, or by the state orother organisations to people after retirement or injury.

performance payment  An incentive bonus, in addition to the basic salary,calculated on the performance of the employee.

perks Aterm used to describe non-cash benefits offered to employees.

personal  Relating to the private aspects of a person’s life.

personnel  The people working for an organisation; the human resources.

persuade, to  To successfully influence somebody to do something.

poach, to  To steal, to take something from somebody else by stealth.(cf. headhunters).

positive discrimination  The provision of special opportunities in employment,training, etc. for groups perceived as disadvantaged (women, disabled people,ethnic minorities, etc.).

probationary period  An initial test period when something (or somebody) isintroduced.

rate Aprice or charge made with reference to a standard or scale. For blue-collarstaff, this is often a rate of pay whichis an hourly rate.

rationalisation  To reduce unnecessary equipment, personnel or processes.

recruitment  The process of finding new staff and bringing them into anorganisation.

re-engineering The re-designing of a product orprocess to make it more efficient. In HR management this term is often used asa euphemism for reducing staff.

relocate, to  To move to a new place.

reputation  A high opinion held about someone or something.

self-esteem  A favourable opinion of oneself.

shop steward  Someone elected by workers to be their trade unionrepresentative.

short-list  A list of suitable applicants for a job, selected forinterview.

skills Specialabilities, often acquired by training.

trade union  An organisation that represents workers’ rights.

trustworthy  Honest and reliable, considered someone to be trusted.

undermine, to  To gradually and deliberately weaken someone’s position.

union resistance  Resistance by trade unions to management practices.

vacancy ajob, or employment opportunity, usually offered (internally or externally) inthe form of a job advertisement.

versatile  Capable of adapting (or being adapted) for many differentuses.

voluntary  Done by free choice, without being obliged or forced (cf.compulsory).

white-collar  Relating to salaried, non-manual workers (cf. blue-collar).

whizz kid  A person who is pushy and energetic and successful forhis/her age.

willing Favourablydisposed to do something; compliant and co-operative.

      workforce Thetotal number of people employed by an organisation.



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