above-average (adj.) ›
Definition Larger, higher or better than the normal
Example My colleague earns above-average pay.
advantage (noun) ›
Definition A condition giving a greater chance of success
Example The advantage of living close to your work is having more leisure time.
allowance (noun) ›
Definition Money that an employee is given by his employer to pay for certain expenses.
Example Every sales manager in our company receives an allowance of 25 € a day while travelling on business trips.
annual leave (noun) ›
Definition A fixed number of days each year that an employee is allowed to stay away from work with full payment.
Example I have thirty days of annual leave this year.
apprentice (noun) ›
Definition A person who starts working in a company for a fixed period of time in order to learn the skills of the desired profession
Example If you don’t study right after school, you have the choice to become an apprentice at a company in order to work in a certain profession.
catchword (noun) ›
Definition A keyword that is most particular and becomes connected with a whole context for almost everybody
Example Using the catchword “data security” we launched a new special program additional to our firewall and our anti-virus program.
competence (noun) ›
Definition The ability to do something well.
Example Her technical competence as a teacher for sports is insufficient.
confidential (adj.) ›
Definition Intended to be kept secret
Example Almost all information from the HR department will be treated as strictly confidential.
core competencies (noun) ›
Definition Special company skills, knowledge and experience which give a competitive advantage against other companies.
Example Core competencies of Kienbaum Consultants International are Executive Search, Human Resource Management und Management Consulting.
department (noun) ›
Definition One part of a company or organization that deals with a particular field of work, business, etc.
Example He works in the finance department.
disability (noun) ›
Definition A physical or psychological condition that prevents a person from doing his work
Example Long-term disabilities can cause high costs for a company.
dismissal (noun) ›
Definition The decision to ask someone to leave the company
Example Typical reasons for dismissal are theft, drug and alcohol addiction and criminal acts or refusal to work.
draft (noun) ›
Definition A piece of text or a drawing in its original state, but not the developed (end-)form
Example Shannon asked me to check the draft of her proposal.
employees meeting (noun) ›
Definition An important meeting, organized by the works council, at which all sections of the company can/have to attend
Example The topic of the employees meeting today is “Targets 2014”.
experience (noun) ›
Definition The gathered knowledge or skills from doing, seeing, or feeling things.
Example You need a several years’ experience in the HR field.
faresightedness (noun) ›
Definition The skill to judge developments in the future wisely.
Example Thank to Mr. Miller’s farsightedness, we bought the company building a few years ago. It must be worth three times its original value today.
full time (adj.) ›
Definition The amount of time considered the normal or standard amount for working during a given period
Example Susan works full time, which means 40 hours a week for her.
intern (noun) ›
Definition A person working for a certain time in a company or organization, in order to get experience
Example When I was still in school, I worked as an intern at the Boston Globe for two weeks.
invoice (noun) ›
Definition A written document any buyer receives for listed goods or services done, with their cost and request to pay.
Example We generated an invoice today for work that was done last month.
Minutes of a meeting (noun) ›
Definition The written topics of a business meeting
Example Who is in charge of writing the minutes for the meeting today?
motive for change (noun) ›
Definition The reason for leaving a company or quitting a job
Example The motive to change to the bank of Scotland was the higher salary.
organizational chart (noun) ›
Definition An (internal) diagram that shows the structure of an organization and the relationships between the different people, departments, or jobs within it
Example To find the right contact person in a big company an organizational chart can help you a lot!
overtime (noun) ›
Definition The time you work on top of the usual job hours
Example Last month Susan worked 30 hours overtime, as her boss needed more support for additional projects.
panel interview (noun) ›
Definition Interview with more than one person (asking the questions)
Example At the second level, the candidates must pass a panel interview with the CEO, the HR manager and the two senior managers of the department.
pension (noun) ›
Definition Money paid regularly by the government or a company to persons who have retired.
Example Since 2012 he receives his pension from his company and enjoys spending his whole time with his grandchildren.
personnel file (noun) ›
Definition A confidential collection of data from each employee as basis for working in a company such as the CV, certificates etc.
Example At the beginning of a new job you need to bring all of your papers to the HR department; who in turn will create a personnel file for you.
privacy (noun) ›
Definition Personal life or the opposite of public life
Example In the age of Facebook and other social media choices, employees should be aware that to many personal postings reduce their privacy in the internet.
probation (noun) ›
Definition A certain period of time at the beginning of a new job when you are watched and tested by your boss and colleagues.
Example The regular probation takes six months in most of the companies in Germany.
recommend (verb) ›
Definition To suggest someone or something as good/proven
Example I can recommend Mr. Miller as a very good candidate.
rejection letter (noun) ›
Definition A verbal or written announcement that something does not work
Example We sent rejection letters to candidates without a bachelor degree.
reliability (noun) ›
Definition The expression for something or someone you can positively trust or believe in because they work or behave well in the way you expect.
Example The reliability of hard- and software becomes more important for companies every year.
requirement (noun) ›
Definition Something that is necessary or wanted in order to fulfil a task/vacancy/project
Example The HR department has to ensure that applicants in the final application process meet the requirements of the vacancies.
retirement (noun) ›
Definition The time after a person stopped working because of a particular age
Example At present, employees in Germany go into retirement at the age of 67.
role model (noun) ›
Definition A person with ideal attributes concerning behaviour, working performance and attitude.
Example The former owner of the company still acts as a role model for the successor.
salary (noun) ›
Definition The fixed amount of money you earn as an employee agreed as pay for your work.
Example What are your salary expectations?
substitute (noun) ›
Definition To be in charge of another person’s position or job for a period of time
Example Who is the substitute for Dr. Müller during his absence?
successor (noun) ›
Definition Someone or something that takes over another person’s role or comes after a thing
Example As the boss wants to retire in two years; he needs to find a successor as soon as possible.
temporary work agency (noun) ›
Definition a business that finds suitable people to work for other companies for limited time or projects
Example In Germany temporary work agencies help companies to manage their peaks without hiring new staff.
to ask for a (pay) raise (verb) ›
um eine Gehaltserhöhung bitten
Definition To ask for more money/ a higher salary
Example Although almost working for 10 years at BP, the secretary Mrs. Johnson, did not dare to ask for a pay raise in fear of rejection.
to behave (verb) ›
Definition The way someone is acting in different situations
Example Don’t behave like an idiot!
to chair a meeting (noun) ›
ein Meeting leiten
Definition To be in charge of a meeting
Example I remember being very nervous when I chaired my first meeting.
to concern (verb) ›
Definition To be related to someone or to affect someone directly
Example The HR departments concerns themselves with the well-being of the employees.
to overlap (verb) ›
Definition If two or more activities, subjects or periods of time take place at the same time or have the same content
Example Our appointment overlaps with the team meeting at 12 a.m. on Friday.
to recruit (verb) ›
Definition To hire new staff for a company or organization
Example Hospitals have big problems to recruit new doctors as the working conditions become worse.
to reinforce (verb) ›
Definition To increase the power of something
Example The company needs to reinforce the sales department.
unemployment (noun) ›
Definition The state of not having a job with a regular income
Example All political parties have the target to reduce unemployment, especially in poor regions.
unsolicited application (noun) ›
Definition Applications you send without being asked for
Example We received four unsolicited applications for the finance department.
vacancy (noun) ›
Definition An available job you can apply for
Example “Sorry Mrs. Smith, there are no vacancies at the moment.”
vocational training (noun) ›
Definition Additional skills and education that enlarge your knowledge for a job
Example Employees with several vocational trainings have better chances to get promoted.
workload (noun) ›
Definition The (daily) tasks to be done in your work (in a certain period of time)
Example Your heavy workload and your efforts this week will pay off when the presentation is finished.
works council (noun) ›
Definition A group of employees representing the interests of everyone working within the same company or organisation by providing support and advice in any official discussion with management based on a works constitution.
Example The HR department has to arrange itself with the works council in any employment process.
written warning (noun) ›
Definition A writing from your supervisor that tells you about a wrong behavior or action with the order to change or stop it immediately
Example Marco received a written warning for being late every morning.