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Hi, everyone. I know you're all busy so I'll keep this briefing quick. I have some important information about a change in the management team. As you already know, our head of department, James Watson, is leaving his position at the end of this week. His replacement is starting at the end of the next month. In the meantime, we'll continue with our projects as usual.
I have two more quick points. Firstly, there will be some improvements made to the staff car park next month for a few weeks. It will be closed during that time.
Don't worry, we've found a solution. We can use the local church car park until our own one is ready. If you arrive before 8.30 a.m., please use our small car park on Brown Street, and if you arrive after that, you should go directly to the church car park. It's only a five-minute walk away. But they need it in the evenings, so you have to leave before 6 p.m. Sorry about that – I know how much you all love working late!
The other thing I wanted to tell you about is that the canteen has now introduced a cashless payment system. So, you can't use cash for payments any more. You can pay directly with your smartphone or you can pay using your company ID card. The total amount put on your company ID card comes off your salary at the end of each month.
OK. That's it? Are there any questions?
Hi The Hung,
I'm sorry to hear you're having problems with the audio. I've checked the page and everything is functioning correctly, so I think the problem must be something local. It could be the device you're using or some local security settings, or it could be something related to your local regulatory environment.
I suggest trying to access the page on a different device - something that is not a mobile device, ideally - to see if that helps. Sometimes that can solve the problem.
The LearnEnglish Team
'first thing' is often used with time words to mean the earliest time in that period of time. So here it means 'early in the morning'.
Yes, church members can park in the car park after 6 p.m., but since the group here are workers at a company near the church, I think it's safe to assume that the question refers to them and not the church members.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team