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




Very good videos. This tasks are also related to the real life.

B. Rgds

hi there
what does this sentence " I'll have to " mean?

Hello mood93,

'Have to' is a modal verb denoting obligation. It is similar to 'must'.

If you look for modal verbs in the grammar section of the site then you will see information on 'have to', with examples and practice exercises.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


I know this isn't related to the topic but I'm not sure where to find answer to this.
I searched for the word 'often' in the online dictionary and the way it is pronounced is the same for british and american accents although sometimes I hear it with pronouncing the 't' letter. Is it a different accent?
Thank you

Hello AhmadSayed87,

There are many geographical and social dialects within the broad geographical categories of 'British' and 'American', and some of these will pronounce the 't' sound whiles others will not. As long as you are consistent and clear in your pronunciation it does not matter which version you say.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

OMG the HR is is pregnant!! just few month.So fast。。。

I like the way all candidates were interviewed, it is not typical for my country.

serious game ,fun learning

Hi ,
Compressed hours mean that if I have contracted to work 20 hours. but working less than that hours??
OR working as same hours in a few days?? can you explain it to me please?? thank you..