Human Resources (HR) Glossary
Business / Human Resources (HR) Glossary
Glass Ceiling: Used to describe the invisible barrier keeping women from advancing into executive-level positions.
Glass Ceiling Act Of 1991: An act meant to raise public awareness regarding the underutilization of females and minorities in certain positions within the U.S. workforce and eliminate barriers preventing advancement.
Global Compensation: Pay practices relating to employees who are working on assignments in international locations. A service premium and additional incentives are often included in the compensation package to o . . . View Full Definition
Global Relocation: The process of transferring an individual’s residence from the United States to a foreign country for the purpose of completing an international job assignment.
Globalization: The term used to describe increasingly mobile organizations that are performing their operations in foreign countries.
Goal: A statement outlining the long-term results, accomplishments or objectives an organization seeks to attain.
Goal Achievement: How well a contractor has progressed toward meeting employment or promotion targets set to correct underutilization of protected class members.
Goal Setting: The process of setting and assigning a set of specific and attainable goals to be met by an individual, group or organization.
Gold-Collar Employee: The term used to describe individuals such as scientists, engineers and other highly skilled employees who are in high demand and short supply.
Good -Faith Bargaining: The principles applied to conducting negotiations where two parties meet and confer at reasonable times with open minds and the intention of reaching an agreement.
Good Faith Effort: The effort and action an organization puts forth to correct goals and specific problem areas.
Graded Vesting: A schedule used for vesting purposes, in which the vesting occurs over a period of five to 15 years.
Grapevine: An informal communication channel used to transmit information or rumors from one person to another.
Green Card: A card issued in accordance with immigration laws to an alien granting him or her the right to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, including the right to work legally.
Greenfield Operation: A new operation that is built from “the ground up”.
Grievance: A formal complaint or allegation by an employee or group of employees made to unfair treatment or violation of a union contract.
Grievance Procedures: The process and guidelines to be followed by employees, management or the union when resolving differences or conflicts.
Gross Product Margin: The difference between the price a certain product is sold at and the cost of producing the product.
Gross Salaries: The amount of income, exclusive of any deductions, paid to employees during the calendar year which may include pay for earnings such as: regular earnings, sick and vacation leave, discretio . . . View Full Definition
Group Dynamics: The social manner in which people interact with each other within a group.
Group Interview: An interviewing method where a prospective employee is interviewed by a small group of his or her peers.
Group Outplacement: Used as a cost-cutting measure, it incorporates the same principles as individual outplacement benefits (i.e., providing job counseling, training and other services to displaced employees) w . . . View Full Definition
Halo-Horn Effect: A form of interviewer bias, occurring when the interviewer rates or judges an individual based on the individual’s positive or strongest traits, allowing their overall perception of the pers . . . View Full Definition
Handicapped Individual: Based on the definition provided by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, an individual is 'handicapped' if he or she has: a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits o . . . View Full Definition
Harassment: Conduct or actions, based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, military membership or veteran status, severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile, abusive or intimida . . . View Full Definition