employees / staff

Both of these words refer to people who work at a company – but staff is always singular and uncountable – it describes the entire group of workers as one thing. Employees is plural and countable – it describes the collection of individual workers.

  • The entire staff was happy about the extra day off.
  • All the employees were happy about the extra day off.

    Note that “staff” takes the singular verb was, and “employees” takes the plural verb were.

    Whenever you use a specific number, use employees or staff members:

  • Thirty employees received raises.
  • Thirty staff members received raises.
  • Thirty staff received raises.