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slaving

slaving  n.— «The director of the Workplace Centre at the University of Sydney, Dr John Buchanan, says the practice of employees receiving low wages in return for expensive training is referred to as “slaving,” and he says it...

tea sommelier

tea sommelier  n.— «We’ve had writers, someone from public radio in Sweden, and once a tea sommelier came and brewed tea for everyone.» —“Arising Number Of “Coworking” Spaces Bring Freelancers And Other Solo Workers...

turtle

turtle  n.— «A sewer is a slippery workplace. Water can move at the speed of oncoming traffic, even when it is not laden with tree branches, two-by-fours and the waste products known in the business as “turtles.”» —“Working in the...

third shift

third shift n. the illegal manufacture of goods after authorized production has ceased. Editorial Note: In normal workplace jargon, the “third shift” is often from midnight to 8 a.m.; however, the third shift as defined here is simply an...

head-down

head-down  adj.— «An in-depth corporate workplace survey showed that the main problems for those working in traditional eight- by nine-foot cubes was the lack of privacy and difficulty in doing heads-down work. For employees who had...

twist one’s cap

twist one’s cap  v. phr.— «Read some of my e-mail responses from angry readers. That’ll twist your cap back.» —“Troubling Words in the Workplace” by Chip Johnson San Francisco Chronicle (California) June 17...