the revolving door

revolving door

A cycle in which employees do not remain in a position for more than a short amount of time before they leave, thus requiring the position to be filled frequently. Likened to a revolving door in front of a building where people can come and go at the same time. Primarily heard in US. Because public sector jobs typically cannot pay as much as private sector jobs, many positions become revolving doors.
See also: door, revolve

the revolving door

1. If you talk about the revolving door of an organization, you mean that the people working in it do not stay there for very long. The revolving door at Wests has only just stopped spinning. A huge turnover of players is usually not the ideal basis for success. For the next 25 years, the company had a revolving door of executives. Note: You can also use revolving-door before a noun. High spending by the country's revolving-door governments swelled the public sector debt.
2. If you talk about the revolving door between two organizations, you mean that people often move from one to the other, and sometimes back again. Mr Smith also spoke of the revolving door for senior civil servants getting jobs in industry connected with their former department. No fewer than 25 aldermen have been convicted of corruption since 1973. In fact, the revolving door between City Hall and jail accounts in part for the Mayor's current political influence.
3. You can use the revolving door to refer to a situation where solutions to problems only last for a short time, and then the same problems occur again. These kids are caught in the revolving door of the justice system, ending up back on the streets after serving time, faced with their old life. Note: You can also use revolving-door before a noun. This is the revolving-door syndrome: no home, no job, no money; hence crime, increasing isolation from society, imprisonment; hence no home on release, and back again to prison.
See also: door, revolve
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The newest member of the revolving door range, the Besam RD100, is a manually initiated revolving door with power assist.
If they keep the revolving door going, somewhere, someone is going to have to say 'stop this'.
But if they keep the revolving door going, somewhere someone is going to have to say, 'Stop this'.
Short of illegal and unethical practices, allowing the revolving door still gives rise to the appearance of impropriety and undue influence.
The revolving door took 45 weeks to design, and boasts a rotating speed of 0.
The revolving door between the government and the private sector has long been presumed to lead to the capture of regulators by industry interests.
Perhaps I am an unwitting subject secretly employed by the revolving door industry to test their systems to destruction.
While it concluded that most regulators acted with all expected integrity, it noted that there have been "instances in which former SEC employees appear to have exerted undue influence on current commission staff, or in which the temptations of traveling through the revolving door appear to have weakened SEC regulatory and enforcement actions.
Elizabeth, who has suffered from multiple sclerosis for 40 years, is demanding pounds 50,000 damages from Asda, who have since replaced the revolving door at the Perth store.
There was nobody around to open it, so I attempted to use the round door, I didn't see the glass panel before the revolving door, and banged my head on the glass by my eye and was bleeding.
but two poachers caught in the same revolving door can lead to a strange phenomenon: poacher standoff The revolving door stops and they're both stuck there, looking at each other through the glass.
Since then, I have been scrupulously careful to go through the revolving door the right way.
GAO was asked to provide a summary of the Revolving Door law, FARA, and LDA.
Sometimes we blame them for this and say that it's their fault they are stuck in the revolving door, but we know better.
Banning lobbies and large-scale funding of parties, then firmly closing the revolving door would help to cleanse politics and free MPs to make more decisions in the public interest.