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


i am glad i finished well in my first vocabalary quiz!!!!!!!!!

If I had the possibility, I'd like to have a "sharing-home-working" and sharing my work with one of my favourite friends. I'd like to look after animals with him, dogs and cats in particular. I believe it would be more simple have feeling with animals than with people. I love them... the animals I mean!!!

 Hi guys, can I download it on my ipod as a podcast? I just want to listen to it on my way to school etc.

hey guys . how are you all?

 It was satisfying to finish word quiz successfully....... nice video....

Hello everybody. I like very much this page. A lot of vocabulary and quizes.
There is a little bit mistake on paragraph 10. At the conversation Is Philip Hart who said the dialogue not Sarah Timms.

 Hello ghgrx75

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll fix that right away.


The LearnEnglish Team

It!s a nice and practical exercise.

 Nice video,the only thing that annoys me is Sarah's endless smiles and wows.))))

yes she's :)