Here are some English words and phrases to use at work that you should know.
Working Hours Expressions
- Part – time
Meaning: Go to work a part of the day or week.
E.g. When I was a student I had a part-time job in a bar. I worked weekends only.
- To be punctual
Meaning: To start or arrive at the specified time.
E.g. She is very punctual. She’s always on time.
- Home working
Meaning: To work from home rather than going to the office.
E.g. Modern technology means that home working has become real possibility for many people.
- Time sheet
Meaning: A record of the numbers of hours worked by an employee.
E.g. We no longer have time sheets as this is done automatically now.
- Unsocial hours
Meaning: Hours outside of the normal working week (such as night).
E.g. Lots of profession work very unsocial working hours and don’t necessarily get compensated for it.
- To take a break
Meaning: To stop work for a short time to relax.
E.g. Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break and come back to work refreshed.
- To clock in/out
Meaning: To record to start/finish time of work on a special machine.
E.g. Flexi time means that everyone has to clock in and out to keep a check on the hours worked.
- Public holidays
Meaning: National holidays that are not generally worked.
E.g. If a public holidays is on Thursday, many people take a Friday off and have a long holiday.
- Hourly rate
Meaning: The salary that is paid per hour of work.
E.g. The part-time employees are paid an hourly rate but the permanent staff are paid a fixed salary.
- Fixed hours
Meaning: The working hours of an employee do not change and cannot be varied.
E.g. As a freelancer, I don’t have any fixed hours but work when the work is there.
- Across the board
Meaning: Including everyone or everything
E.g. The company is expected to increase salaries across the board.
- A tough break
Meaning: When something unfortunate happen
E.g. It was a tough break for us when Sarah quit. She was one of our top performers.
- Ace up your sleeve
Meaning: If you have an ace up your sleeve, you have something in reserve with which you can gain an advantage.
E.g. Our new product is an ace up our sleeve.
- At a loss
Meaning: If something is sold at a loss, its price is lower than its cost.
E.g. Thanks to competition, companies are often forced to sell products at a loss.
- Bang for the buck
Meaning: When you get bang for the buck, you get value for the money spent.
E.g. I think you will get much bang for the buck if you start advertising on the internet.
- Banker’s hours
Meaning: Banker’s hours are short working hours. People working hour
E.g. If you want to banker’s hours, you shouldn’t apply for a job in sales and marketing.
Meaning: An important person, a leader
E.g. Some of the bigwigs of our company came to visit our factory.
- Bring (something) to the table
Meaning: To have something to offer during a negotiation
E.g. We were able to bring a new offer to the table during the negotiations.
- Call it a day
Meaning: To decide to stop working for the day.
E.g. Well, John, it’s 7:00 and I’m getting hungry. How about we call it a day?
- Fifty – fifty
Meaning: Means something is divided equally.
E.g. My business partner and I split everything fifty-fifty.
- Business as usual
Meaning: After an unpleasant or unexpected event, this expression means that everything is continuing in a normal way, in spite of the difficulties.
E.g. It was business as usual at the supermarket the day after the hold-up.
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