Sarah starts her first day on the job and is shown around the office by Philip and Marcia.

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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Watch the video. Then decide if the sentences below are true or false.


Task 2

Business Notes

In the final video Sarah starts her first day at WebWare and Philip and Marcia show her around the office. Sarah is surprised to find that she doesn’t have to hot desk. Hot desking is the practice of using any available desk at work, instead of having a desk assigned to you and is quite common in UK companies. It is often associated with flexible working and work-life balance, two buzz words in corporate life these days.

Flexible working is a phrase that describes any working pattern adapted to suit the needs of the employee.

Common types of flexible working are:

part-time: working less than the normal hours, perhaps by working fewer days per week

flexi-time: choosing when to work (there's usually a core period during which you have to work)

compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days

staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace

job sharing: sharing a job designed for one person with someone else

home working: working from home


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Thank's for the lessons.

O, I understand what means have to hot desk)

Hello.What does mean the word "hot" in this context?
So you don’t hot desk here?

Hello Luisine,

In many offices each desk belongs to one person, who sits at it every day. However, in some offices there is a system called 'hot desking', which means any employee can use any desk. When a person arrives at work they simply choose any free desk and work there.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for answer!

Enjoy the Video quite a lot!
I think I will review it again in the following month.

Sarah, not only got the job, she got my heart too, what a beautiful girl.

Hi there! in the video, it does seem to me Marcia says she its in the canteen...

Hello anhiRivero,

Do you mean at 1:15 in the video? I've listened to the video and checked the transcript and it is correct. If you have any specific question about it, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
One of the questions in TASK 1 is to decide if '' Marcia eats lunch in the canteen '' true or false.
If we click the False Option, our answer becomes wrong. In the text, Marcia just gives some information about the canteen however, she does not say she eats in the canteen.
And if the answer to the question is True Option, how can we understand by reading the text that Marcia eats lunch in the canteen?
This is what anhiRivero wants to ask.