Human Resource Management

Theory and practice, fifth edition

by John Bratton and Jeff Gold

Learning tips for ESL (English as a second language) students

List of idiomatic expressions

Backcloth
Black box
Being thrown in at the deep end
Bottom line
Comparing apples and oranges
Double-edged sword
Go the extra mile
Grassroots
Grey tsunami
High road
Holy Grail
Housekeeping
In a nutshell
Jug and mug
Knee jerk reaction
Level playing field
Low road
Lubricate its wheels
Magic bullet
My way or the highway
One hat fits all
Outside the box
Pinpoint
Sacked
Scaffold/scaffolding
Sitting by Nellie
Tiger economy
Tough love
Tough nuts to crack
Turn a blind eye
Umbrella term
Whistleblower
Yawning gap

Non-English terms

Ad infinitum
Ad hoc
Avant garde
Ceteris paribus
Cul-de-sac
De facto
Déjà vu
Leitmotiv
Modus operandi
Panacea
Prima facie
Quid pro quo
Raison d’être
Uber-elite
Verstehen
Zeitgeist

Prefixes

Anti- antithesis, anti-hierarchical
Auto- autonomy, autocratic
Bi- bilateral
Bio- biodiversity
De- demoralization, de-recognition
Dis- disregard, disjunction, disability, disproportionate, disloyalty, disclosure
Eco- ecological, ecosystem, ecocide
En- enhance, envision
Ethno- ethnographic
In- indeterminate, insight, indeterminacy, informal, inequality, incomprehensible
Inter- interplay, international, interaction, interlinking, interpersonal, inter-team
Mis- mislead, mismanage, misogynistic
Multi- multidimensional, multinational, multi-skilling, multifaceted, multi-causality
Neo- neoclassical, neohuman, neo-romantic, neo-Taylorism
Non- non-profit
Omni- omnipresence
Poly- polyethnic
Post- postmodern, post-bureaucratic
Pre- premeditate
Pro- proactive, pro-democracy
Re- resource, renewable, reduce, reactive, reflect, restructure, re-engineered, renegotiation, Redesign, refreezing
Self- self-management, self-managing
Semi- semi-skilled
Socio- socio-technical
Sub- subsidiary, substitute, subcontract, subprime, substandard
Trans- transformation, transform, transactional
Tri- trilateral
Un- unmask, unemployment, unprecedented, unfreezing
Uni- unilateral
Under- underscore, underestimate, underemployment