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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It said: "Retention rates must be high if the New Deal is to avoid becoming the revolving door familiar on so many previous schemes."
Senator Warren's sweeping ethics legislation, the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, would shut the revolving door and prohibit giant companies like Pfizer from wielding undue influence by hiring or compensating any senior government officials for at least four years after leaving government service, among other measures to root out corruption in government.
The report recommends specific measures to strengthen, simplify and clarify ethics laws, as well as to increase transparency for the public to be aware of and monitor the revolving door phenomenon and its effects.
Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Jon Trickett is heavily critical of Nick Clegg who is said to be set to earn up to PS4million at Facebook, stating: "Labour is committed to slamming shut the revolving door between politics and big business, which has corroded public trust in politics."
"The revolving door -- the pattern of people going from industry to agency, back to industry -- that will be closed in the Obama White House," Obama said on the campaign trail in 2007.
"I want to stop the revolving door. If they keep the revolving door going, somewhere, someone is going to have to say 'stop this'.
Transparency is key to dispelling the myth that the revolving door is a conduit through which illegal and unethical activities flow.
The revolving door took 45 weeks to design, and boasts a rotating speed of 0.7m per second.
The revolving door between the government and the private sector has long been presumed to lead to the capture of regulators by industry interests.
It was unexpected, and I was already discombobulated by my previous failure to leave the revolving door, and, basically, the speed made me miss my exit.
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.