Office English - Work English lesson (How to talk to your subordinates in English)

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Talking to Subordinates.

If you’re working in a business, you’ll have to deal with all kinds of people and that includes your subordinates too. When you talk to your subordinates you will have to talk to them so they remain encouraged and focused. You might have to resolve issues, and tell them about tasks too.

In this video, we’ll learn some phrases that you can use to talk to your subordinates. Listen to the conversations and practice the phrases.

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In this lesson you will learn phrases that you can use to interact with your subordinates.


(Please smile and make this lively and interactive by using lively body language)

Hi there! Glad to see you, dear viewer. Many of us work in offices and have subordinates reporting to us. We need to give them tasks, get reports, give feedback and communicate with them about a lot of other things. It’s hard, isn’t it?

But don’t worry, you can improve your office communications if you practice. So in this lesson we will see conversations related to offices and talking to subordinates.

Do listen to them all, and also make sure you check out the vocabulary section at the end. Feel free to practice the lines by pausing the lesson and repeating the dialog anywhere you want!

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Got a New Project.

Sam : Excuse me Kate. You have a minute?

Kate : Sure, Sir. What can I do for you?

Sam : I just want to update you about the new project we’ve been assigned.

Kate : But the previous one isn’t finished yet.

Sam : Yes, I know. You told me it’ll be done by the next weekend, so we’ll start working on the next one after that.

Kate : Okay, I am worried about delays though.

Sam : Don’t worry Kate, I saw the status, this one’s almost done. You’ll finish it comfortably.

Giving the Deadline.

Robert : Check your mail Luke. You’ve got a new assignment.

Luke : I saw that. It involves a lot of traveling. Is there a deadline?

Robert : In fact there is… You gotta give me the finished report by 12th Jan.

Luke : That gives me 10 days to finish it.

Robert : Yes. Enough time I am sure.

Luke : Yes Sir. Enough time. Don’t worry, I’ll sort it out.

Encouraging Your Subordinate.

Robert : Alright! I saw this month’s performance charts. You’ve been doing pretty good lately.

Sam : Thanks! That telephone marketing training I got has helped a lot.

Robert : Yeah! I guess it worked. Mark my words, if your conversions continue to be this high, you’re all set to be the team leader next quarter.

Sam : It feels good to hear such words.

Robert : I bet it does. Just stay focused. If you need anything just let me know.

Reprimanding for a Silly Mistake.

Luke : What’s wrong with you Kate?

Kate : What happened Luke? Did I do something wrong?

Luke : The financial report you sent me last night has a number of silly mistakes. The expenditures have been posted to wrong accounts, and the balance sheet is incorrect.

Kate : Is that so? But I spent the entire afternoon correcting all the issues. I made sure there were no mistakes. Looks like I mailed you a wrong copy.

Luke : Are you kidding me? You didn't check the document before pressing that send button? I was working late night yesterday and I wasted an hour finding errors in that balance sheet.

Kate : Luke, I’m really sorry! Please give me a minute, I’ll send you the correct copy.

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