Meaning of gardening leave in English:

gardening leave



mass nounBritish
  • An employee's suspension from work on full pay for the duration of a notice period, typically to prevent them from having any further influence on the organization or from accessing confidential information.

    ‘He said: ‘I am very excited at the prospect of working with clients after my 12 month period of gardening leave.’’
    • ‘She quit her post at Merrill Lynch in May and has been serving out a period of gardening leave ahead of her September start at EFM.’
    • ‘First, for me personally it signalled the end of 18 years of leading the fight against drugs in sport in the UK and a further seven months of gardening leave waiting for my employment with UK Sport to finally come to an end.’
    • ‘He, who helped draw up the business plan to launch SLI in 1996, says he is not on gardening leave, as we were told last week, but has given 12 months' notice and is talking to his bosses about taking on a different role in the organisation.’
    • ‘She will join Smith & Williamson in the summer when her gardening leave is over and the office is expected eventually to have 30 staff providing a range of fund management and broker services.’
    • ‘Chelsea's new chief executive - on gardening leave after defecting from United - had stopped working but could not be prevented from using inside knowledge.’
    • ‘Industry sources suggest that, following his resignation on January 1, he sought to retain the actuary on gardening leave for more than 12 months.’
    • ‘She, who later this summer takes on responsibility for news and comment at The Herald as joint deputy editor, is happy about her gardening leave.’
    • ‘They were being quite rough with him and he got on to talking about whether or not the marketing people would be put on gardening leave, which I thought was taking things a bit far.’
    • ‘He is currently on gardening leave after resigning her post at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and due to join EFM later this year.’
    • ‘In these columns, we often tend to send fence-sitters on extended gardening leave, but this time it's too tough to call.’
    • ‘I'm sitting here at home on gardening leave, playing with my new NTL broadband connection.’
    • ‘Although he is still on gardening leave, the former City boss is not letting the grass grow under his feet.’
    • ‘The next editor of Marie Claire is currently on a month's gardening leave.’
    • ‘People who spoke out, she said, ‘were told to go on gardening leave, which was a euphemism for suspension.’’
    • ‘But call it gardening leave, call it long service leave, call it a sabbatical, but the Commonwealth Bank continues to fumble the fate of the man who has driven the revamp.’
    • ‘We've put him on gardening leave for six months and say, well in six months our products will be on the market and the world will have moved on.’
    • ‘Several months of gardening leave, a few trips here and there and then he's ready for Fred's gig in the New Year.’
    • ‘He is currently on gardening leave, and will officially finish at the London-based company at the end of July.’
    • ‘The use of informal gardening leave has led to much more confusion and bad practice, even when intended as a less severe process.’