Refers to the provision of common terms and conditions of employment to all employees of a single enterprise. It means, essentially, that all workers of whatever grade will share the same set of employment benefits (pension, sick pay, annual leave, and parental and maternity provisions) and be paid through the same mechanism (e.g. annual salary). Single status contrasts with the traditional ‘status divide’ between hourly paid manual workers and salaried staff and may arise either from trade union negotiating pressure or from a desire on the part of the employer to foster teamwork and commitment. The achievement of single status can be costly, and for this reason there may be only incomplete harmonization of employment conditions across the workforce hierarchy.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.