In the United States summer officially begins on June 21st and ends on September 21st.
But unofficially, summer begins on the holiday called Memorial Day and ends on the holiday called Labor Day.
Every year, Labor day is celebrated on the first Monday of September.
“Labor” means “work”, so on this day, we honor all the workers – past and present – in America.
So in honor of Labor Day, I put this list together of 12 work-related vocabulary phrases for you to enjoy.
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Goals of this post
- You will learn 12 vocabulary phrases related to working in an office
- You will expand your English vocabulary and improve your confidence
Benefits (noun): Benefits are extra things besides a paycheck that workers get for working at a company, such as health insurance, dental insurance, retirement saving plans, paid time off, etc.
Not all companies offer benefits – especially if you are a part-time worker, but most full-time workers can receive benefits from their job.
My company has good benefits such as paid time off and health, vision, and dental insurance.
2. C- Level Executive
C-Level Executive (noun): C-Level Executives are the highest-ranking employees in the company, like senior management. We call them “C-Level” because their title starts with the letter “C”.
They are: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Chief Operations Officer (COO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), etc.
The consultant provides sales training to C-Level Executives.
3. Call in sick
Call in sick (verb): This phrasal verb (get my eBook on phrasal verbs here) means to tell your manager or boss that you are sick, and so you cannot come to work.
With phones, we used to have to literally call the office, but nowadays, many people can communicate by text message or email, but we still always say “call in sick.”
I am not feeling well, I am going to call in sick tomorrow.
Cubicle (noun): A small space in an office that is separated from the rest of the room by short walls.
It usually contains a computer and a desk.
Usually on each floor of an office building, there are lots of cubicles close together. You can think of them almost like a private office, with low walls.
My office contains many cubicles for employees to work in.
Fire (verb): To dismiss a worker from their job. Usually a worker that gets fired does something bad, or has bad performance, etc.
The boss fired him for stealing money.
Note: Sometimes we use the verb phrase “get fired”.
I got fired from my job for always showing up late.
Higher-ups (noun): This informal phrase describes people who have a high rank in the company. They can be middle managers, vice presidents, of senior management and C-Level Executives.
The higher-ups made the decision to lay off the salespeople.
Hire (verb): To employ someone; to bring someone on to the company. It is the opposite of hire.
The boss hired a new worker today.
Note: Sometimes we use the verb phrase “get hired”.
I got hired as a software engineer.
8. Human Resources
Human Resources (noun): This is the department of a company that hires and fires and recruits and trains employees. They also take care of employees.
If there is any workplace safety problems or complaints, you would tell the people at human resources.
Human Resources (often called “H.R.“) helps employees feel safe and comfortable in the workplace. When you have an interview, you will first talk with someone from H.R.
When you have an interview, you will first talk to someone from Human Resources.
9. Lay off
Lay off (phrasal verb): To dismiss a worker from their job; similar to fire.
A lot of times, workers are laid off because of budget cuts or cost problems, not necessarily because of performance.
The company will lay off 1,000 workers because of the slow economy.
Note: Sometimes we use the verb phrase “get laid off”.
My friend hopes he doesn’t get laid off this year.
Promote (verb): Promote has several definitions, but in the case of work, it means to advance your position (rank) in the workplace.
The boss promoted Jimmy to assistant manager.
Note: Sometimes we use the verb phrase “get promoted”.
I got promoted at work from a sales associate to a sales manager.
Telecommute (verb): This verb means to work remotely from a computer. For example, if someone works from home instead of in the office, they telecommute by using their computer.
In other words, they can do their work from another place other than their office. (At home, in a coffee shop, cafe, or library, etc.)
My son is sick, so I will telecommute tomorrow.
12. Work from home
Work from home (phrasal verb): This phrasal verb (get my eBook on phrasal verbs here) means exactly that: to work at your house. Some people cannot go to the office. Therefore, they stay home and work from their home with their computers. It is similar to telecommute.
Working from home is popular in technology jobs; obviously you can’t work from home if you are a barista Starbucks 😉
My car broke down. I cannot make it to the office today, so I will work from home.
Work Vocabulary: Conclusion
Now you know 12 different vocabulary phrases for working at the office. Don’t forget to practice these and review them often 🙂
Choose one of the above vocabulary phrases and write a sentence in the comments section and I will correct the sentence for you in the comments section.
Also, does your country have a special day that marks the beginning or end of summer? Let me know in the comments 🙂