Business English: Ways of Working

In this episode from Perfect English Podcast, we will focus on business English and you will learn to talk about different ways of working and how to describe your job. Listen to the podcast and take the quiz to check your understanding.

Perfect English Podcast Episode 50 – Business English: Ways of Working

Perfect English Podcast Episode 50 – Business English: Ways of Working

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Obviously, my work involves _____ (travel) a lot.

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It can be quite physically ______ (tire).

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I enjoy ______ (deal) with customers, except when they become violent.

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I like ______ with figures.

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...but my job is much less _____ (bore) and routine than people think.

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The work ______ a lot of human contact and teamwork.

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I love my job. It's very _____ and not at all ______.

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What is the usual meaning of flexitime?

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What do we call people who work from home using a computer and the internet?

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If a factory runs 24 hours a day, it must have _____.

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Welcome to a new episode from perfect English podcast. And today is not any episode it is Episode 50. So we’ve made it 250 episodes so far, I’m happy that we’ve reached this number together, and I hope the first 49 episodes prove to be beneficial. Today we’re going to talk about business English. And to be specific, we’re going to talk about ways of working, the old and the new ways. We’re going to learn some adjectives that we can use to describe our jobs. And we’re going to learn some ways we can use to describe the nature of our work, so let’s get to it. But before we start, remember that I’ve also made a quiz that you can take after you listen to this episode by following the link you can find in the description of this episode. Remember, it’s nothing to be afraid of is just a way to check your understanding and to review the information You will learn in this episode. So let’s start by hearing stories from people who have different jobs. And after we are done with the stories, we’re going to focus on key words they use to describe their jobs. So let’s start with the first person who is an office worker. I am an office worker in an insurance company. It’s a nine to five job with regular working hours. The working isn’t very interesting. But I like to be able to go home at a reasonable time. We all have to clock in and clock out every day in this company, even the managers have to which is unusual. So this person works as an office worker. And an office worker is an employee who works in an office obviously, for example, carrying out clerical or administrative work for an organization. We call this person an office worker. So this is the first word you should know about office worker. Then this person said it’s a nine to five job and a nine to five job is a way of describing a job that you do during normal office hours, which usually start in the morning and finish in the afternoon. And he also said it’s a nine to five job with regular working hours. Now obviously the working hours is the time you spend at work and this person has regular working hours, and that means they don’t come especially early or leave specially late. They work as he said, nine to five job and then he said we all have to clock in and clock out. Now clocking in and clocking out usually happens with your fingerprint, the machine captures your fingerprint, or by using a magnetic card. Now there are different ways and some older ways they use actual cardboard cards, but you can rarely find these machines now. days, it’s usually fingerprint or a magnetic card. So that was about the first person. We learned from this person, the words, office worker, nine to five job working hours, and clock in and clock out. Now let’s move to the second person who is a computer programmer. I’m in computer programming. There is a system of Flexi time in my company, which means we can work when we want within certain limits. We can start that anytime before 11 and finish as early as three as long as we do enough hours each month. It’s ideal for me as I have two young children. So here this computer programmer also works in a company but there is a special thing here he talked about, which is a system of Flexi time. Now Flexi time means that you don’t have to be at the company at the same time every day. You can arrive almost anytime you want. Leave anytime you want,

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but within certain limits, that means you have to do a certain amount of hours within a range of time. For example, some companies you can start anytime between six o’clock in the morning and six o’clock in the evening as long as you do enough hours which may be seven, eight or nine hours so you can choose to arrive early and leave early or to arrive late and leave late. So that is the meaning of Flexi time and it is suitable for this person because as this person said that he or she has two young children. And now let’s move to the third person. Now the third person works in a car plant. I work in a car plant. I work in shifts, I may be on the day shift one week and the night shift the next week. It’s difficult changing from one shift to another. When I change shifts, I have problems changing to a new routine for sleeping and eating. So Obviously, the word we’re going to focus on here is the word shift. Now what is the meaning of shift? If a group of factory workers, nurses or other people work shifts, that means that they work for a set period before being replaced by another group, so that there is always a group working. Each of these set periods is called a shift. Or we can use the word shift as well to refer to a group of workers who work together on a particular shift. So this person here said that he worked in shifts, but the problem with this person is that he or she works one week on the day shift and one week on the night shift. And it is very difficult because you can have any kind of routine for sleeping or eating because it changes from one week to the next. So we learned from this person, the concept of shifts and now let’s move to our fourth and last person who is a commercial artist, I’m a commercial artist in an advertising agency. I work in a big city, but I prefer living in the country. So I commute to work every day, like thousands of other computers, working from home using a computer and the internet is becoming more and more popular and the agency is introducing this. It’s called teleworking or telecommuting, but I like going into the office and working with other people around me. So let’s see what we can learn from what this person said. This person said I commute to work every day. Now what is the meaning of commute commute to work is simply traveling to work or going to work every day. And there are different ways you commute to work. You can go by car, you can go by bus, and the idea of commuting is the trip you make every day to work and back home. Home and the people who commute are called commuters. There’s also another thing that is interesting in what this person said he or she talked about working from home. Now this idea of working from home is becoming popular nowadays and it is called tele working or telecommuting. So if you are a tele worker or a telecommuter, that means you don’t commute to work every day. Sometimes you may go to work once a week or a couple of times a month, but you don’t go there on a daily basis. Most of the work you do is from home on your computer using the internet. But anyway, this person preferred going to the office and working with other people. So I hope we have learned a lot from these four people. We learned about working hours clocking in clocking out Flexi time, which is a British English word by the way. in American English they call it flex time. Time, not Flexi time. So it is up to you choose the one you like better. We also talked about shifts. We talked about commuting, and we talked about teleworking and telecommuting and now it is time to learn some adjectives we can use to describe our jobs. And this is very important to know how to describe your job specifically. Now I hope you all belong to the first category, which is the interesting category. Now we can use adjectives like satisfying, stimulating, fascinating or exciting if the work is interesting, and gives you positive feelings. So remember, if the work is interesting and gives you positive feelings, you can use the words satisfying, stimulating, fascinating and exciting and we can say that with the word job or work for example, we can say my job is satisfying or I have a satisfying job. I hope you all have a job. You can describe with one of these four words, but the reality is that not everybody has an interesting job. Some of us have jobs that are not actually interesting, but we can use these adjectives to describe jobs that are not interesting. We can say dull, boring, uninteresting, and unstimulating. So remember, though, boring, uninteresting, or unstimulating for jobs that are not interesting, but that’s not all. We can use the adjectives repetitive and routine if the work involves doing the same things again and again. So if you have a job like this, you can call it a repetitive job, or a routine job. And there’s also something else your job might be difficult and one that makes you tired, and if it is the case, you can use the adjectives tiring, tough, hard and demanding. So tiring, tough, hard, and demanding, are used to describe jobs that are difficult, and ones that make you tired. So I hope you found those adjectives useful to describe your jobs. And I also hope that you all belong to the first four adjectives we talked about that are used for interesting jobs. And finally, before we’re done, we’re going to talk about a way we can use to describe the nature of our work. There’s a very common expression we use when we want to describe the nature of our work. And that is when we say my work involves my work involves means you are going to describe the nature of work you do now we can use my work involves with nouns, and with IMG verbs. Now with nouns For example, we can say my work involves human contact, long hours, teamwork, or we can use it with IMG verbs like when we Say my work involves solving problems, traveling a lot, or dealing with customers. So the next time you tell somebody about your job, do not just tell them that you do the job and period you have nothing else to talk about. Now we have learned a lot of words we can add to our conversation when we want to talk about our jobs and give more details about our jobs. I hope you found the information I shared with you today useful. Don’t forget, there’s the quiz you can take anytime you want by following the link in the description of this episode. Trust me, most of the things you listen to or read will be forgotten easily and very fast. If you don’t practice, you don’t have to take the quiz right away. You can take it after a couple of hours or even tomorrow before you listen to the next episode, to remember what we talked about here today, and to check your understanding of the things we just talked about. That was your host Danny, saying thank you very much for listening. And I will see you tomorrow with another episode from perfect English podcast.

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