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Unit 17


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camaraderie
feeling of friendliness towards people with whom you work or share an experience
competitive
competitive prices, services, etc. are as good as, or better than, other prices, services, etc.
field
area of activity or interest
lay off
stop employing (someone), sometimes temporarily, because there is no money to pay them or because there is no work for them
outperform
do well in a particular job or activity compared to others of a similar type
peer group
people who are approximately the same age as you and come from a similar social group
underpaid
paid less than the market rate
adversarial
involving opposition or disagreement
approach
way of considering something
assembly
process of putting together the parts of a machine or structure
assembly line
line of machines and workers in a factory which a product moves along while it is being built or produced. Each machine or worker performs a particular job, which must be completed before the product moves to the next position in the line
cipher
a person or group of people without power, but used by others for their own purposes, or someone who is not important
impact
powerful effect that something, especially something new, has on a situation or person
reward
something given in exchange for good behaviour or good work, etc.
subcontractor
person or company that does part of a job which another person or company is responsible for
transactional
in a way that is a direct business exchange
peak
reach the highest, strongest or best point, value or level of skill
trend
general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving
absenteeism
employees not being at work when they should be
sabotage
intentional damage to machines, buildings, etc.
shop-floor worker
worker in a factory (the factory is the shop floor)
union (also trade union)
organisation that represents the people who work in a particular industry, protects their rights, and discusses their pay and working conditions with employers
white-collar worker
person who works in an office or at a professional job, rather than one who works with their hands
work–life balance
amount of time you spend at work compared with your free time
across the board
happening or having an effect on people at every level and in every area
perk
advantage or benefit given to an employee in addition to their salary, e.g. private health care or a company car
sick leave
absence from work because of illness
surveillance
the careful watching of a person or place