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Philip: Sarah, good to meet you again! Welcome on board.
Sarah: Thanks, Philip. I'm very pleased to be here.
Philip: I hope you enjoyed your holiday. Where did you go?
Sarah: I went to Thailand. It was lovely – great beaches and lovely food.
Philip: Oh, lucky you! It's time for hard work now, though!
Sarah: I'm ready for it!
Marcia: Let me show you to your office.
Sarah: Didn't know I have my own office! So, you don't hot-desk here?
Marcia: Well, most people do, as you can see, but we thought you'd need all your own private space.
Sarah: Yes, especially if you're meeting clients directly.
Marcia: But the atmosphere is actually quite informal because it's open-plan.
Sarah: Oh, that's good. I like that. You definitely get the sense of everyone being really busy!
Philip: Yes, they are, I hope!
Marcia: So, this is your space!
Sarah: Wow! Great, lots of space! My last office was much smaller.
Philip: How many people did you work with there?
Sarah: I had a team of three.
Philip: Well, here you'll have six people under you. We'll introduce you to your sales team after lunch.
Sarah: Hmm, that sounds good. What do you usually do for lunch?
Marcia: Oh, well, some people bring it in, but there's a canteen on the ground floor. Food's actually quite good and pretty cheap!
Philip: Now then, I'll tell you about your schedule. There's a sales and marketing meeting every Monday, as well as a meet-up with various heads of department on Thursday afternoons, just so we know what we're doing.
Marcia: Other than that, how you organise your time is up to you.
Sarah: That's fine. I'm a good time manager!
Philip: We'll leave you to it, then!
Sarah: I think I'm going to like working here!
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.
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