Pay – Human Resources vocabulary mind map 4

This is the fourth Louise‘s series of Human Resources vocabulary mind maps.

The first one focused on people and places; the second on strategy and policy. The third had vocabulary for talking about employee relations. This one is about that most important subject: pay.

You can see the mind map on Popplet or download a pdf.

Once you have studied the mind map, you can test yourself with the activity in the second part of this blog post.


Test yourself

How well do you know the words in the mind map? Test yourself with this activity. The answers are at the end of this blog post.

Don’t forget you can use a dictionary to help you. The Cambridge English Dictionary has a special business English section.

Activity

Choose the correct word/s to for each definition.

1.  a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job

wage / salary / pay

2. pay that does not change even if conditions change

basic wage/ flat rate / hourly rate

3. an extra amount of money that you earn in your job every time you sell a product or get a new customer

bonus / incentive / commission

4. pay that increases when you are successful at your job and that goes down when you are not successful

performance-related pay/ incentive / expenses

5. the total amount before taxes or costs have been taken out

basic salary / gross salary / annual salary

6. something that an employee receives from the company they work for, other than their usual pay, for example a car or health insurance

fringe benefit / piece work / benefit in kind

7. an extra amount of pay given to someone because they work in an expensive area such as a big city

weighting / expenses / minimum wage

 

 

 


Answers

1. a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job = salary / pay

2. pay that does not change even if conditions change = flat rate / basic wage

3. an extra amount of money that you earn in your job every time you sell a product or get a new customer = commission

4. pay that increases when you are successful at your job and that goes down when you are not successful = performance-related pay

5. the total amount before taxes or costs have been taken out = gross salary / annual salary

6. something that an employee receives from the company they work for, other than their usual pay, for example a car or health insurance = benefit in kind / fringe benefit

7. an extra amount of pay given to someone because they work in an expensive area such as a big city = weighting

 

 


 

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There are lots more HR vocabulary mind maps to come. We will add a new one soon

If you can’t wait until then, check the website again soon for extra activities using the words from this mind map.

 

There are lots more mind maps on the Stratford Teachers blog.

Employee Relations – Human resources vocabulary 3

People and places – Human resources vocabulary 1

Strategy and policy – Human resources vocabulary 2

Telephone vocabulary

Lose your job

Internet vocabulary

Trade vocabulary


If you have any questions about the mind map, leave a comment below.

Do you need to develop your business English vocabulary? Send us a message.

 

 

Employee relations – Human Resources vocabulary mind map 3

This is the third of Louise‘s Human Resources vocabulary mind maps.

The first one focused on people and places and the second on strategy and policy. This one is all about employee relations.

You can see the mind map on Popplet or download a pdf.

Once you have studied the mind map, you can test yourself with the activity in the second part of this blog post.


Test yourself

How well do you know the words in the mind map? Test yourself with this activity. The answers are at the end of this blog post.

Don’t forget you can use a dictionary to help you. The Cambridge English Dictionary has a special business English section.

Activity

Choose the correct word/phrase to complete each sentence.

1.  The ___________ are everyone who has an interest in the company. That includes ___________ , shareholders and customers.

stakeholders / employer’s association / employee forum / staff

2. “I heard James is claiming unfair dismissal at the ___________ .”
“Really? I know he was having problems with his manager.”

arbitration / employment tribunal / management board

3. Talks ended in ___________ again today, so the union has asked for arbitration.

strike / picket / deadlock

4. Some companies have ___________ to help improve communication between management and the workforce.

conciliation / works councils / grievance procedures

5. We have a ___________ in our company. That means everyone has to join the union.

closed shop / employee forum / no-union agreement

6. “Have you ever been on strike?”
“No, but we had a month of ___________ last year which meant we only did exactly what was in our contracts.”

blockade / work to rule / cooling-off period

7. ___________  is what some people call workers who cross a picket line to go to work.

negotiator / blackleg / shop steward

8. If you arrive late again, you’ll get a ___________ because you’ve already had a verbal reprimand.

strike / claim / written warning

9. “Are you a ___________  of a trade union?”
“No, we don’t have an official union at work and I’ve never bothered to join.”

member / staff / strikebreaker

10. There’s been a change in the ___________ , so we need to make sure we comply with it.

employment law / work to rule / picket

 

 

 


Answers

1. The stakeholders are everyone who has an interest in the company. That includes staff, shareholders and customers.

2. “I heard James is claiming unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal.”
“Really? I know he was having problems with his manager.”

3. Talks ended in deadlock again today, so the union has asked for arbitration.

4. Some companies have works councils to help improve communication between management and the workforce.

5. We have a closed shop in our company. That means everyone has to join the union.

6. “Have you ever been on strike?”
“No, but we had a month of work to rule last year which meant we only did exactly what was in our contracts.”

7. Blackleg is what some people call workers who cross a picket line to go to work.

8. If you arrive late again, you’ll get a written warning because you’ve already had a verbal reprimand.

9. “Are you a member of a trade union?”
“No, we don’t have an official union at work and I’ve never bothered to join.”

10. There’s been a change in the employment law, so we need to make sure we comply with it.

 


 

Did you find this useful? Download a pdf of the mind map.

There are lots more HR vocabulary mind maps to come. We will add a new one soon

If you can’t wait until then, check the website again soon for extra activities using the words from this mind map.

 

There are lots more mind maps on the Stratford Teachers blog.

People and places – Human resources vocabulary 1

Strategy and policy – Human resources vocabulary 2

Telephone vocabulary

Lose your job

Internet vocabulary

Trade vocabulary


If you have any questions about the mind map, leave a comment below.

Do you need to develop your business English vocabulary? Send us a message.

 

 

Strategy and policy – Human Resources vocabulary mind map 2

Here is the second of Louise‘s Human Resources vocabulary mind maps.

The first one focused on people and places. This one is all about the vocabulary of strategy and policy.

You can see the mind map on Popplet or download a pdf.

Once you have studied the mind map, you can test yourself with the activity in the second part of this blog post.


Test yourself

How well do you know the words in the mind map? Test yourself with this activity. The answers are at the end of this blog post.

Don’t forget you can use a dictionary to help you. The Cambridge English Dictionary has a special business English section.

Activity

Choose the correct word/phrase to complete each sentence.

1.  The ___________ in our company needs improving. It’s really difficult to share information.

knowledge management   /   job evaluation  /  rationalization

2. HR wants to improve ___________ with more team building!

absenteeism  /  staff turnover  /  staff retention

3. The ___________ have gone up because of the success in Europe.

headcount  /  natural wastage  /  workforce levels

4. Our latest ___________ campaign involves creating support networks for women because they are under-represented in managerial roles.

restructuring   /  succession planning  /  equal opportunities

5. Due to the merger, some roles are duplicated so there will have to be ___________ .

outsourcing  /  redeployments   /   subcontracting

6. When people are made redundant, good employers provide ___________ services which help people find new jobs.

redundancy   /   severance  /  outplacement

7. The company wants to offer a more flexible career path so it is advertising  ___________ to encourage movement between countries.

transfers  /  an expatriate programme /  promotions

8. Some companies use ___________ to find new solutions to problems.

suggestion schemes   /   outsourcing  /  affirmative action

9. “Have you heard? The managing director has decided to take ___________.” “Really? He’s only in his fifties!”

voluntary redundancy  /  early retirement  /  compulsory redundancy

10. “What’s the ___________?” “It’s the invisible barrier to women getting senior management positions.”

quota   /  golden hello  /   glass ceiling

 

 

 


Answers

1. The knowledge management in our company needs improving. It’s really difficult to share information.

2. HR wants to improve staff retention with more team building!

3. The workforce levels have gone up because of the success in Europe.

4. Our latest equal opportunities campaign involves creating support networks for women because they are under-represented in managerial roles.

5. Due to the merger, some roles are duplicated so there will have to be redeployments.

6. When people are made redundant, good employers provide outplacement services which help people find new jobs.

7. The company wants to offer a more flexible career path so it is advertising transfers to encourage movement between countries.

8. Some companies use suggestion schemes to find new solutions to problems.

9. “Have you heard? The managing director has decided to take early retirement.” “Really? He’s only in his fifties!”

10. “What’s the glass ceiling?” “It’s the invisible barrier to women getting senior management positions.”

 


 

Did you find this useful? Download a pdf of the mind map.

There are lots more HR vocabulary mind maps to come. We will add a new one soon

If you can’t wait until then, check the website again soon for extra activities using the words from this mind map.

 

There are lots more mind maps on the Stratford Teachers blog.

People and places – Human resouces vocabulary 1

Telephone vocabulary

Lose your job

Internet vocabulary

Trade vocabulary


If you have any questions about the mind map, leave a comment below.

Do you need to develop your business English vocabulary? Send us a message.

 

 

People and places – Human Resources vocabulary mind map – extra activity

When we published our first Human Resources mind map, we also promised an extra activity to help you test yourself and learn the words.

Click on the image below to open the interactive exercise. See if you can classify the words correctly.

You can read the first blog about the People and Places mind map here.

Don’t forget, we have lots more HR mind maps to share with you. So, keep visiting the blog

 


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People and places – Human Resources vocabulary mind map 1

Every area of business has its own jargon. Jargon is that specialist vocabulary that people who work in a particular field use to talk to each other.

Human Resources has a lot of jargon. However, we all need to know this HR jargon. It describes our position in the company, how and what we get paid, whether we will keep our job if things change in the company and all the processes we have to go through to get a new job.

Louise has created a set of mind maps covering all the areas of Human Resources vocabulary. People and places is the first.

You can see the mind map on Popplet or download a pdf.

Once you have studied the mind map, you can test yourself with the activity in the second part of this blog post.


Test yourself

How well do you know the words in the mind map? Test yourself with this activity. The answers are at the end of this blog post.

Don’t forget you can use a dictionary to help you. The Cambridge English Dictionary has a special business English section.

Activity

Choose the correct word to complete each sentence.

1. “Who’s Juan Valera?” “Oh, he does the same job as me in our Spanish subsidiary. He’s my ___________ .”

colleague / counterpart / subordinate

2. Now we’re expanding, we need another ___________ to manage the workers on the new production line.

supervisor / technician / director

3. They’ve hired a new ___________ . She’s responsible for implementing the financial strategy.

CFO  /  COO  /  CEO

4. There’s an emergency meeting of the ___________ because a senior manager has been accused of financial misconduct.

board of directors  /  management board  /  supervisory board

5. A ___________ ‘s role is to provide independent oversight to issues in the company.

chairman  /  vice president / non-executive director

6. How many ___________ work in the company?

workforce  /  employees  /  personnel

7. Someone who works for the state is a ___________ .

civil servant   /  foreman  /  superior

8. People who work in offices are called ___________ workers.

manual  /  skilled  /  white collar

9. The ___________ always opens the AGM with a review of the last year.

foreman   /   superior  /  chairman

10. “Why’s the  ___________ being relocated?” “Because the rent in London is way too high now.”

head office  /  operations  /  management

 

 


Answers

1. “Who’s Juan Valera?” “Oh, he does the same job as me in our Spanish subsidiary. He’s my counterpart.”

2. Now we’re expanding, we need another supervisor to manage the workers on the new production line.

3. They’ve hired a new CFO. She’s responsible for implementing the financial strategy.

4. There’s an emergency meeting of the supervisory board because a senior manager has been accused of financial misconduct.

5. A non-executive director‘s role is to provide independent oversight to issues in the company.

6. How many employees work in the company?

7. Someone who works for the state is a civil servant.

8. People who work in offices are called white collar workers.

9. The chairman always opens the AGM with a review of the last year.

10. “Why’s the head office being relocated?” “Because the rent in London is way too high now.”


 

Did you find that useful? Download a pdf of the mind map.

There are lots more HR vocabulary mind maps to come. We will add a new one each month.

If you can’t wait until then, check the website again soon for extra activities using the words from this mind map.

 

There are lots more mind maps on the Stratford Teachers blog.

Telephone vocabulary

Lose your job

Internet vocabulary

Trade vocabulary


If you have any questions about the mind map, leave a comment below.

Do you need to develop your business English vocabulary? Send us a message.

 

Food idioms

Do you know your onions (or which side your bread is buttered)?

Inspired by the shopping bags from a national supermarket, Joy decided to write a short exercise on English food idioms.

(This exercise first appeared in our Autumn 2018 newsletter. We publish our newsletter four times a years. Click here to subscribe.)

Exercise

In English, we have lots of idioms related to food. Are you familiar with these? Try the exercise. The answers are at the bottom.

[Learning tip: You can find the meaning of all the idioms in this exercise in the Macmillan English Dictionary.]

 

First, read the examples. Can you identify the idiom?

‘If you’re not sure, just ask David – he really knows his onions when it comes to the new regulations.’

‘By the time we got home, I was exhausted, but the kids were full of beans.’

‘I don’t really like the design of that new office building – it’s just not my cup of tea.’

‘Emma’s ideas are often a bit crazy, but this latest one really takes the biscuit!’

‘Since he was made unemployed, I think Alan’s finding it hard to accept that it’s his wife who’s bringing home the bacon these days, not him.’

‘He spent much more time working on the Chairman’s latest project than ours – he knows which side his bread’s buttered!’

 

Now, match each idiom on the left with the correct meaning on the right.

1. know your onions a) to earn money to support the family
2. (be) full of beans b) to be the most silly or annoying thing in a series of things
3. not (be) someone’s cup of tea c) to know who to be nice to or what to do in order to gain advantages for yourself
4. take the biscuit d) not to like or consider interesting
5. bring home the bacon e) to have a very good knowledge of a specific subject
6. know which side your bread’s buttered f) to have lots of energy

How many do you think you got right? Check the answers below.

 

Answers

1e; 2f; 3d; 4b; 5a; 6c.

 

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Telephone words – vocabulary mind map

Time for a new mind map. This one focuses on the vocabulary of phones and phoning.

The mind map has four sections. Three sections contain the nouns used to talk about and describe phones and phone numbers. The fourth section has a collection of verb collocations for talking about phone calls.

You can view the mind map on Popplet or click the button below to download the image file.

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After you have done that, test your knowledge with this short quiz. The answers are at the end of the blog post.

Quiz

Questions 1 – Verb collocations

Which of these verbs form collocations with the words ‘a call’?

    1. make
    2. miss
    3. do
    4. get
    5. take
    6. put
    7. hang up
    8. give

Question 2 – Common mistakes

Each of these sentences contains a common mistake. Identify and correct each mistake.

  1. I have to call to my colleagues in Italy.
  2. I’ll put you through my boss.
  3. Your client called earlier. Can you call back him?
  4. In my job, I do a lot of calls with customers.

Question 3 – part of a phone

Match these words to the parts of the phone.

  1. earpiece
  2. screen
  3. keypad
  4. handset
  5. call button

 

 

Now check the answers to see if you were right.

Answers

Question 1

make a call

miss a call

get a call

take a call

give someone a call

Question 2

  1. I have to call my colleagues in Italy.
  2. I’ll put you through to my boss.
  3. Can you call him back?
  4. In my job, I make a lot of calls to customers.

Question 3

  1. earpiece (b)
  2. screen (c)
  3. keypad (d)
  4. handset (a)
  5. call button (e)

 

Other telephone language

Here is some other blogs posts focusing on English for making phone calls.

Checking and clarifying on the phone – 1

Checking and clarifying on the phone – 2

Spellng words with the International Radio Alphabet


 

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