dead wood

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dead wood (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable, idiomatic, management) Personnel no longer contributing to an organization.
    • 2001, Michael B. Arthur; Denise M. Rousseau, The Boundaryless Career: A New Employment Principle for a New Organizational Era[1], Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 140:
      Everybody knows that when you have a layoff, you use it as chance to get rid of the people you wanted to get rid of anyway, but couldn't document or hadn't bothered documenting as bad employees [] . If you don't have much dead wood, you hope they make you use a seniority list, because then you can say it's out of your control.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see dead,‎ wood.

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