White Collar Employees

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Definition: White Collar Employees

Employees working in professional, managerial, or administrative positions (non-manual) in an organisation are commonly referred to as White collar employees in contrast to the employees engaged in manual labour that are referred to as blue collar employees or workers.

The origin of the word comes from the fact that these workers traditionally wore white collared dress shirts and were associated with high average salaries and posh office rooms. A Manager in an organisation would be a white collared employee, whereas a janitor would be a be a blue collared employee.

But, in the current times, this term is losing its relevance as the white collar employment constitutes the major chunk of the working class with most “shirt and tie” jobs being low-paying and involving a high amount of stress specifically in the modern service and technology sector.


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