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2009.01.14(Review of 2006.06.01 edition)

Should a company reward employees for years of service or for the quality of that service? Here are a couple of expressions to use when chewing that one over!

Today's Lesson
MERIT SYSTEM / SENIORITY SYSTEM
能力主義/年功序列制度

Explanation

  • An organization that has a merit system hires and promotes people based on their ability.

    An organization that has a seniority system promotes people based on the number of years they have been with the organization.
  • merit system とは、能力に基づいて人材を採用、昇進させる組織の制度、つまり、能力主義のことです。

    seniority system とは、組織に勤めた年数に基づいて、社員を昇進させる制度、つまり、年功序列制度のことです。

MERIT SYSTEM / SENIORITY SYSTEM

examples

  1. In that country, government jobs must, by law, be filled under a merit system, which means hiring the most qualified candidates.
  2. Since salary and promotion decisions are now based on the merit system, the performance review has become more important than ever.
  3. Many organizations believe that using a seniority system encourages greater commitment and improves morale.
  4. Since the 1990s, there has been a shift in Japanese business from lifetime employment within a strict seniority system to increased job mobility and a merit system that rewards achievement.

英会話レッスンThanks for going the distance today!