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staff

noun [S or U]     /stɑːf/ HR, WORKPLACE
all the people who work for a particular company or organization, or in a particular place: The company prides itself on the training programmes it provides for its staff. Staff are expected to move to the new building later this year. employ/hire/recruit staffa staff of 5/50, etc. They employ a core staff of 25 full-time employees.a member of staff/staff member As a result of our investigations, two members of staff have now left the organization. experienced/professional/trained staff full-time/part-time staff permanent/temporary staff clerical/office staff sales/kitchen/check-in staffstaff shortage/turnover/morale The hours are long, the work is dull, and staff turnover is high. → See also counter staff, field staff, junior staff, senior staff, support staff
(Definition of staff noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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