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Free Business English Lesson #53
Business English Dialogue and Phrases for Shadowing
Introduction1. So Shawn, do you recall a time in your career when a change was made that was supposed to make your job better, but it actually made it worse?2. If you enjoy our free business English podcast and find it beneficial, please share it with your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook, and so on. It really helps us get more listeners and improve their English skills too.Lesson transcriptUnforeseen consequencesMrs. Sato (HR): Hey Takashi, I'd like to speak with you a bit about the recent changes that were made by the CEO and board members. Since you're out there on the front lines so to speak, I'd like to get your overall assessment.Mr. Kobayashi (Staff Support): Of course. There's been a lot of buzz over the past couple of weeks, so I think I can help.Mrs. Sato (HR): First of all, how are people finding the free snacks and beverage corners that were installed?Mr. Kobayashi (Staff Support): Those have been a big hit. So much in fact that we are having a heck of a time keeping them stocked. Also, I've noticed more and more people communicating or having short meetings in the break rooms. Installing the corners seems to have been great for improving communication.Mrs. Sato (HR): Excellent. Improved communication was one of the things that we'd hoped for. Also, we expect that people will take advantage of the free snacks and beverages more in the first couple of months, because it's new. But once the novelty has worn off, we expect a bit of a dip in use. How about the limited overtime policy?Mr. Kobayashi (Staff Support): That has not gone over so well. While some staff members with less responsibility have embraced the new policy, there are a number of teams who are really struggling to get their projects done on schedule. As one staffer put it, "I don't understand why they'd implement this policy before hiring on additional staff to take up the slack."Mrs. Sato (HR): In other words, those teams are either missing deadlines or working overtime anyways?