Unit 02 :
Showing the new employee around the office


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Repeat these sentences with your teacher first.

  • show you around (phr.)
  • settled in (phr.)
  • creativity (n.)
  • collaboration (n.)
  • reception (n.)
  • admin (n.)
  • key card (n.)
  • access (v.)
  • common room (n.)
  • inviting (adj.)
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Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hey, David. Welcome to your first day one the job. Let me show you around and get you settled in.

Thanks, Phyllis. This is a beautiful workspace.

We feel that an open office encourages creativity and collaboration.

That’s so true. How many floors do we have ?

There’re two floors. One the first floor is the reception. Admin is also one the same floor. Marketing and sales are one the second floor.

Do I need a key card to come in?

Yes, you’ll need it to access the elevators and different parts of the building.

I see. So where will I be working?

You’re on the second floor. But let’s take a look at the common room first.

Sure. Wow, it looks so inviting!

Yeah, it’s a great place to relax and chat with coworkers. Now, let me show you to your desk.

Sounds good.

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Read the article with your teacher.

How to help international employees adjust to life in America?

For new international employees, the first day is stressful. He or she is an outsider trying to fit in while processing large amounts of information. Here are some ways to make incoming employees immediately feel like part of the team:

1. Provide pre-move guidance

Start the adjustment process immediately after confirming the job placement. Provide educational resources on culture, language and daily life. Encourage new employees to travel as visitors before making the permanent move, allowing them to experience life without the pressures of a new job.

2. Make communication a top priority

Preemptive language and workplace training is a start. However, becoming the perfect communicator in a new country can be a long-term process. So, focus on ensuring good communication for vital information before perfecting the art completely.

3. Ease recruits into workplace culture

Interpersonal interaction could be a lot tougher for a foreign employee. Encourage them to get involved with company culture and learn while observing. Meanwhile, offer guidance through one-on-one or group sessions to help them understand how to interact and behave in the workplace.

Source: Traingzone, “International Recruitment: How to Help New Employees Adjust”

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Answer the following questions to your teacher.

  1. Do you usually feel nervous or excited on your first day of work at a new company? Why?
  2. What should be done to make new employees feel comfortable and welcome?
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Let’s practice

Choose the correct answer.

1. _____ room is often used to describe a type of shared lounge.

A. Common
B. Drinks
C. Guest
D. Typical

2.The staff has shown great _____ honesty, and passion through their work.

A. aggression
B. impotence
C. disability
D. creativity

3. The ____ will direct you to my office

A. chauffeur
B. chef
C. receptionist
D. bartender

4. This is the ____ card to  ____ all the buildings. And I’ll introduce you to the team after you get settled ____ .

key / in / get/ on / access /point

5. Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

A. On the first floor the reception desk is.
B. We look forward to collaborate with you in the future.
C. David, welcome to your first day in the job.
D. How do you feel on your first day here?