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1 Wage and salary survey Wage and salary survey is a benchmark report consisting of market pay data for a variety of jobs conducted either on a local or nationwide basis. Used to evaluate an organization’s own current pay structures and as a future compensation planning tool.
2 Wage differential Wage differential refers to the differences in wage rates for similar jobs occurring either due to the location of company, hours of work, working conditions, type of product manufactured or other circumstances.
3 Wage gap Wage gap is the difference in pay between female employees and male employees who are performing the same or comparable jobs.
4 Wage structure Wage structure refers to depicts the range of pay rates to be paid for each grade for various positions within the organization.
5 Waiver Waiver is a document signed by either an employee or prospective employee in which he or she renounces certain specified rights or considerations.
6 Walk-ins Walk-ins refer to individuals who physically walk into an organization to apply for a job.
7 Weighted application forms Weighted application forms refers to forms whose responses are assigned a numerical value that correlates to the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to perform the job.
8 Welfare plan Welfare plan is a plan designed to provide employees with coverage for medical or hospital care and surgical procedures. May also include other benefits, such as vacation or scholarship programs.
9 Wellness program Wellness program refers to programs, such as on-site or subsidized fitness centers, health screenings, smoking cessation, weight reduction/management, health awareness and education, that target keeping employees healthy, thereby lowering employer’s costs associated with absenteeism, lost productivity and increased health insurance claims.
10 Whistle blowing Whistle blowing occurs when an employee exposes illegal employer conduct to a person or organization that can take corrective action.
11 White collar employees White collar employees refers to employees who are paid on a salaried basis and whose jobs do not require the performance of work of a manual nature. Such individuals are normally employed in the capacity of managers, supervisors, salespeople, clerical or technical workers.
12 Wildcat strikes Wildcat strikes are work stoppages that occur during the life of the collective bargaining agreement without approval of union leadership and in violation of a no-strike clause.
13 Willful violations Willful violations are the most serious OSHA violations. The employer, who knows that a hazardous situation exists and makes no reasonable attempt to eliminate it, commits them intentionally and knowingly.
14 Work sampling Work sampling is a measurement of how employees spend their time and the number of work units being produced by employees over a specific period of time. This is accomplished by randomly observing employees while they are performing their jobs and then using mathematical formulas to determine the sample size.
15 Work simplification Work simplification is a process of making a job easier and simpler to perform.
16 Work teams Work teams are sets of two or more people who are equally accountable for accomplishing an objective or task.
17 Work/life balance Work/life balance refers to measure of control over when, where and how individuals work, leading to their being able to enjoy an optimal quality of life. Work/life balance is achieved when an individual’s right to a fulfilled life inside and outside paid work is accepted and respected as the norm, to the mutual benefit of the individual, business and society.
18 Workers' compensation Workers' compensation is a state insurance program paid for by the employer that is designed to protect workers in cases of work-related injuries or diseases related to workers' employment.
19 Workforce planning Workforce planning refers to assessment of current workforce content and composition issues used to determine what actions must be taken to respond to future needs.
20 Workplace bullying Workplace bullying refers to persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating or insulting behavior or unfair actions directed at another individual, causing the recipient to feel threatened, abused, humiliated or vulnerable.