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The working day

business hours

noun

the hours that a shop or other business is usually open

clock in

in a factory, to pass a special card through a piece of equipment to record that you have arrived at work

clock off

in a factory, to pass a special card through a piece of equipment to record that you are leaving work

clock-watching

noun

the practice of not concentrating on your work because you wish it was time to stop

come in

to go to work

core time

noun

a period during working hours when workers must be at work even if they are on flexitime

dress-down day

noun

a day on which employees are allowed to wear informal clothes to work

flexible working

noun

ways of working that allow you to live your life in the way you want, for example working from home or working hours that are different from the usual 9 to 5 day

flexitime

noun

a system in which workers choose the hours each day that they work, as long as the hours add up to the same fixed number of hours every week or month

FT

abbreviation

full-time

full-time

adjective

done for the number of hours that people normally work in a complete week. Part-time work or study is done during just some of these hours

full-time

adverb

during the number of hours that people normally work in a complete week

long

adjective

if you work long hours or a long day, you work more than usual

make up

to work at different times from usual because you have not worked enough at the normal times

man-hour

noun

the amount of work that one person can do in an hour. Some people avoid using this word because they think it is offensive to women, and they use person-hour instead.

nights

noun

if someone works nights, or is on nights, they go to work at night

night

adjective

working at night

night shift

noun

the period of time that people work at night, instead of working during the day

night shift

noun

the people who work during the night

nine-to-five

adjective

a nine-to-five job is a normal office job, in which you usually work from nine o’clock until five o’clock

overtime

noun

extra hours that someone works at their job

placement

noun

a place where someone goes to live, study, or work

presenteeism

noun

the practice of spending more hours at work than you are paid for according to your contract

punch in

clock in

punch out

to clock off

shift

noun

a period of work time in a factory, hospital, or other place where some people work during the day and some work at night

shift

noun

the people who work during a particular shift

split shift

noun

a period of work that is divided into two separate parts with a long break between them

time card

noun

a card that is used in a time clock for recording what time you start and finish work

time sheet

noun

a piece of paper on which you write the hours that you have worked in a particular period

unsociable

adjective

an unsociable job is one in which you have to work at unusual times of the day so that you do not have much time to spend with your family or friends

unsocial

adjective

someone who works unsocial hours works at unusual times of the day, so that they do not have much time to spend with their family or friends

uptime

noun

time when you are working and cannot relax

water cooler

noun

used for referring to the situation or place in an office where people talk in an informal way

work

noun

the time that someone spends doing their job

workday

noun

a working day

working day

noun

the period of time that you work in one day

at work

at the place where you work

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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