Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the many changes that take place in a company or organization :
‘to streamline’ = to improve the effectiveness of parts of an organization, often by simplifying procedures.
- We are streamlining the procedure to cut the time it takes to deliver to the customer.
- Streamlining administration and giving more responsibility to individuals will reduce costs considerably.
‘to relocate’ = to move to a new place
- Production is being relocated to Bulgaria next year creating lots of redundancies here.
- My company paid all the costs when I was relocated to my previous job in Scotland.
‘to relax’ = to make a rule less strict or severe.
- Unfortunately we can’t relax the no-smoking ban. The law won’t permit it.
- We have relaxed the dress code considerably and now people often wear jeans to the office.
‘to enforce’ = to impose a rule more strictly or to make people follow a rule.
- For health and safety reasons, we have to enforce the no-smoking rules.
- It is extremely difficult to enforce time-keeping rules without some form of electronic system.
‘to adjust’ = to change something a little to make it correct or suitable.
- We are adjusting the salary scales so that they reflect present responsibilities better.
- Salaries are adjusted annually according to the rate of inflation and the financial results.
‘to reduce’ = to make smaller in size, quantity or importance.
- We have reduced the number of workers with the introduction of more modern technology.
- In order to reduce expenditure in the department, we have introduced several cost-cutting measures.
‘to deteriorate’ = to become worse
- Morale has deteriorated since the rumours of closure began.
- Sales figures have continued to deteriorate despite the launch of the latest version.
‘to downsize’ = to make a company or organization smaller by reducing the number of people working for it.
- The organization has a plan to downsize in order to reduce costs.
- Many organizations downsized during the 1980s when new technologies were introduced.
‘to phase in’ = to introduce something in stages over a period of time
- The changes in pay scales will be phased in over the next three years.
- The new organization will be phased in gradually starting here in head office.
‘to phase out’ = to remove or stop doing something gradually over a period of time.
- That line of products has been phased out and replaced by the new range.
- It has taken us six months to phase out the old software and introduce
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