Glossary of HR Terms starting with Alphabet G

Gag clause: Refers to the employment contract restrictions used as a means of protecting the organization’s trade secrets or proprietary information.

Gain sharing plan: The sharing with employees of greater-than expected gains in profits and/or productivity.

Garnishment: A court action in which a portion of an employee’s wages is set a side to pay a debt owed to a creditor.

Generalist: An individual who possesses the capabilities to perform more than one diversified function, rather then specializing in or having responsibility for one specific function.

Genetic-based discrimination: The practice of requesting or requiring genetic testing information during the hiring process or using genetic testing information to base any other employment decisions or actions.

Geographical differential: The variance in pay established for same or comparable jobs based on variations in labor and costs of living among other geographic regions.

Glass ceiling: Discriminatory practices that have prevented women and other protected-class members form advancing to executive-level jobs.

Globalization: The term used to describe increasingly mobile organizations that are performing their operations in foreign countries.

Global compensation: Pay practices relating to employees who are working on assignment in international locations. A service premium and additional incentives are often included in the compensation package to offset differences in taxes and cost of living.

Global organization: An organization that has corporate units in a number of countries that are integrated to operate as one organization worldwide.

Global relocation: The process of transferring an individual’s residence from their home country to a foreign country for the purpose of completing an international job assignment.

Goal: A statement outlining the long-term results, accomplishments or objectives an organization seeks to attain.

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.

Golden handcuffs: System of overlapping short-and long term incentives and security to executives in the event that they lose their jobs or that their firms are acquired by other firms.

Good-faith bargaining: Generally means that both parties enter into discussion with fair and open minds and a sincere desire to arrive at an agreement.

Good faith effort: The effort and action an organization puts forth to correct goals and specific problem areas.

Graded vesting: A system by which qualified retirement plan participants become incrementally vested over a period of 5 to 15 years of service.

Grapevine: An informal communication channel used to transmit information or rumors from one person to another.

Graphic rating scale: A scale that allows the rater to mark an employee’s performance on a continuum.

Green-circle rates: Describe a situation where an employee’s pay is below the minimum of the range.

Green-circled employee: An incumbent who is paid below the range set for the job.

Grievance: A formal written complaint or allegation by an employee or group of employees made to unfair treatment or violation of a union contract.

Grievance arbitration: A means by which disputes arising from different interpretations of labor contract are settled by a third party.

Grievance procedures: Formal channels of communications used to resolve grievances.

Gross earnings: The total earnings before taxes; includes regular wages plus additional earnings such as tips, bonuses, and overtime pay.

Group interview: An interviewing method where a prospective employee is interviewed by a small group of his or her peers.

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