Definition of shop floor in English:

shop floor


  • The part of a workshop or factory where production as distinct from administrative work is carried out.

    ‘working conditions on the shop floor’
    • ‘A spokesman for Portakabin said approximately 40 jobs would be axed from the shop floor and eight from the offices.’
    • ‘They have lost patience with politicians and have simply gone ahead with their own reform plans - in the boardroom and on the shop floor.’
    • ‘Some of the mostly male workers on the shop floor looked at their feet and avoided eye contact, she recalls.’
    • ‘In particular, the production process on the shop floor of clothing firms is often intensive.’
    • ‘I've always been the person on the shop floor - I've always been hands-on.’
    • ‘This meant there were fewer people doing more, and working longer hours, in intrinsically insecure jobs from top floor to the shop floor.’
    • ‘The former warehouse operative said she was unable to work properly and was moved from the shop floor to provide oral training to new starters.’
    • ‘Miles Hilton, 53, of Huncoat, is the shop floor representative and has worked at the firm for 30 years.’
    • ‘They say Leighton has a knack of gaining the respect of employees, particularly at the shop floor end of the businesses he is involved with.’
    • ‘My purpose is to examine how we might more successfully understand the shop floor politics of workers.’
    • ‘Is the shop floor worker to dictate to his manager what should be produced?’
    • ‘Their first week is likely to be made up of induction training in the mornings and gaining product knowledge on the shop floor in the afternoons.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, this has been voted on and recommended for acceptance by the stewards' committee without ever asking the shop floor workers.’
    • ‘Cast your eye around the office or across the shop floor.’
    • ‘Most of the 500 shop floor workers are in the TGWU union, who narrowly voted for the pay offer.’
    • ‘If he is still working, he is likely to be walking around the shop floor, learning about the company from the bottom up, as always.’
    • ‘I cannot see my staff on the shop floor because it is so busy.’
    • ‘He appears to feel no responsibility to his shop-floor employees, most of them parents themselves.’
    • ‘But it's understood the firm will look to shed about 50 jobs from the shop floor with the remaining workers to go from offices.’
    • ‘The incidence of sexual harassment is no higher in the world of finance than it is in the factory floor, the shop floor or the home.’
    workshop, workroom, plant, factory, works, manufacturing complex, industrial unit, business unit, mill, foundry, yard, garage, atelier, studio
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