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ability to pay

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management — Economics.

Generally a condition of an issuer of long-term debt to meet the principal and interest payments (cf. default). See credit analysis; credit ratings.

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absenteeism

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is the practice of regularly failing to turn up for work. Employees are contractually obliged to be available for work during specified hours, and failure to do so without legitimate...

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accidents at work

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Are unforeseen events that occur at a place of work and cause death or injury to workers. Accidents can be classified by their causes, including slips, trips and falls at the same height,...

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action learning

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is a method of management development based on the completion of practical assignments and problem-solving tasks within business, which become the basis for reflection and learning.

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action short of a strike

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Forms of industrial action that impose pressure on an employer through actions that fall short of a withdrawal of labour. These might include an overtime ban, go-slow, or work-to-rule. In...

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activist

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

A trade union member who is active either at workplace level or within the union's system of internal government. Union activists frequently assume a representative position, such as shop...

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adjourning

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is the fifth stage of the five-stage model of group development (see stages of group development).

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administrative expert

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is an HR manager who ensures the efficient delivery of HR services to other members of the management team, typically through the use of information and communication technology....

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adviser

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

A role that can be adopted by a manager who is primarily responsible for personnel/human resources. Advisers act as internal consultants to other managers by providing strategic direction...

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aesthetic work

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is work in which the appearance of the employee is integral to the performance of the job. In jobs where aesthetic work is important, employees may be hired for their attractive...

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affective commitment

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Occurs when an employee stays with a particular organization because he or she shares its values and objectives, and feels a sense of loyalty. [See organizational commitment.]

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age diversity

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is the term applied to a policy that recognizes that people of all ages can make a positive contribution at work and that stereotypical notions about the capacities of older workers, in...

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age regulations

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 transpose Article 13C of the European Equal Treatment Framework Directive into UK law. The regulations give a right to workers (young as well...

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agency labour

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Is labour that is provided by a private recruitment bureau or employment agency. The traditional function of such labour ( temps) has been to cover for absence or provide additional support...

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agility

Overview page. Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine — Human Resource Management.

Or organizational agility is the capacity of a business organization to adapt to long-run changes in products, markets, or technology. Agility is sometimes contrasted with ‘flexibility’,...

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alcohol policy

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

A company policy that regulates the consumption of alcohol by employees and in many cases states that the use of alcohol during work time, even when entertaining, is prohibited. Alcohol...

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All-Employee Share Plan

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

(AESOP)

An Inland Revenue-approved employee share ownership scheme that was established in the UK in 2000. Under the plan, employers established a trust which purchased shares and...

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all-out strike

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

A strike that embraces all workers involved in a dispute and that will continue for ‘as long as it takes’ to secure a settlement. All-out strikes can be contrasted with selective strikes...

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analyser

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

A type of firm identified by Raymond Miles and Charles Snow in their typology of ‘strategic types’. Analyser firms tend to avoid excessive risks but excel in the delivery of new products...

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andragogical training and development

Overview page. Subjects: Human Resource Management.

Relies on self-directed and participative methods, in which the trainer has a facilitative or supporting role. Examples of andragogical training include case studies, projects, role play,...

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