Definition of shop floor in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cast your eye around the office or across the shop floor.’
    • ‘My purpose is to examine how we might more successfully understand the shop floor politics of workers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He appears to feel no responsibility to his shop-floor employees, most of them parents themselves.’
    • ‘Some of the mostly male workers on the shop floor looked at their feet and avoided eye contact, she recalls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In particular, the production process on the shop floor of clothing firms is often intensive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This meant there were fewer people doing more, and working longer hours, in intrinsically insecure jobs from top floor to the shop floor.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, this has been voted on and recommended for acceptance by the stewards' committee without ever asking the shop floor workers.’
    • ‘Is the shop floor worker to dictate to his manager what should be produced?’
    • ‘Most of the 500 shop floor workers are in the TGWU union, who narrowly voted for the pay offer.’
    • ‘They have lost patience with politicians and have simply gone ahead with their own reform plans - in the boardroom and on the shop floor.’
    • ‘I've always been the person on the shop floor - I've always been hands-on.’
    • ‘Miles Hilton, 53, of Huncoat, is the shop floor representative and has worked at the firm for 30 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I cannot see my staff on the shop floor because it is so busy.’
    workshop, workroom, plant, factory, works, manufacturing complex, industrial unit, business unit, mill, foundry, yard, garage, atelier, studio
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shop floor

/ˈʃɑp ˌflɔ(ə)r//ˈSHäp ˌflô(ə)r/