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




So you don’t hot desk here? hot desk here verb or noun .
I think it is verb because do not before it

Hello ahmed mohamed salem,

That's correct, here the noun is being used as a verb. This is sometimes done in English and there's a a good blog post about it at the Oxford University Press's blog if you're interested in knowing more about it. It's not written for English learners, but I thought I'd at least mention it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I've been confused about ''meet-up'' as well. I mean whether it's used as a noun in this context? Thanks!

Hi sambala,

Yes, in this context it is used as a noun. 'A meet-up' is generally an informal or social meeting to which many are invited but at which attendance is not obligatory.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

From what I known, there is no ''hot desk'' (as a verb) in any Dictionary. Instead, I only found out ''hot desking'' as a noun. So, what exactly does it mean and what are its form as a verb?

Hello sambala,

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, 'hot desk' is a noun and 'hot-desk' is a verb. When you work in an office that hot-desks, you don't have a desk to yourself - you use whatever desk and computer you prefer. If you search the internet for 'hot desk' you'll find lots of articles about it.

Please be sure to check the Cambridge Dictionary for vocabulary in the future.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Congratulations Mis Sarah