A staff is a group of workers. In particular, this word is used for offices, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, and organizations. Although the word "staff" refers to members of a group, in American English this word is usually singular; in British English, it’s plural.

  • The staff at that company is threatening to quit. (American English)
  • The office staff are away on vacation. (British English)
  • The company has a very large staff.
  • The administration is meeting with faculty and staff. (faculty = teachers; staff = office workers and support)
  • A cafeteria is available for hospital staff and visitors to the hospital.
  • They need to find an office space for a staff of over 100 people.
  • Several new staff members need to be trained on office software. (This sentence uses "staff" as an adjective.)


This company has a small staff.

When the word "staff" is used as a verb, it means to put people into positions:

Note: There are other words used to describe groups of workers:

  • crew – used for construction and sailing
  • team – used for small groups of people
  • faculty – used for teachers and professors
  • group – used for just about anything
  • firm – used by lawyers and accountants
  • shift – people who work a particular time

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This page was first published on May 12, 2014.