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Talking about Work...

"If you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work." - Ogden Nash

Listen to at work - on the job
Listen to out-of-work - unemployed
Listen to without work - unemployed
Listen to able to work - capable of work, fit for work
Listen to fit for work - capable of work, able to work
Listen to unable to work – disabled, incapable of working
Listen to accident at work - occupational accident, industrial accident
Listen to administrative work – work related to the arrangements and work which is needed to control the operation of a plan or organization
Listen to amount of work - quantity of work
Listen to applicant for work - job applicant, job hunter
Listen to assembly work - installation work
Listen to attitude to work - work habits, a state of mind or a feeling about work
Listen to brain work - intellectual work
Listen to bullying at work - harassment at work
Listen to casual work - occasional job
Listen to clerical work - office work, paperwork, desk work
Listen to conditions of work - conditions of employment, labour conditions
Listen to field work - external work, outside work
Listen to field of work - industrial field
Listen to harassment at work - bullying at work
Listen to illicit work – moonlighting, illegal employment
Listen to lack of work - stoppage
Listen to overtime work - time worked in excess of eight hours per day or forty hours per work week for employees working a regular work schedule
Listen to pace of work – speed of work
Listen to piece work – work paid for according to the amount done
Listen to safety at work - occupational health and safety, employment protection
Listen to life's work or life work (in the US) - the work which is most important to them and to which they give a lot of time and effort
Listen to social work - work for the social services or for a private organization providing help and support for people who need it
Listen to work ethic - the belief that work is morally good
Listen to work of art - an object made by an artist of great skill, especially a painting, drawing or statue
Listen to work permit - an official document which gives permission to someone who is foreign to work in a country
Listen to work-to-rule - a situation in which people carefully obey all the rules and instructions given to them about their jobs, with the intention of reducing the amount of work they do
Listen to work experience - the experience that a person already has of working

Commonly used expressions containing the word 'work':

Listen to do (all) the donkey work - to do the hard boring part of a job
Listen to The devil finds work for idle hands. - said to show that you believe people who have nothing to do are more likely to get into trouble or commit a crime
Listen to All work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy). - said to warn someone that they will not be an interesting person if they work all the time
Listen to work like a dog - to work very hard
Listen to do somebody’s dirty work - to do something unpleasant or difficult for someone else because they do not want to do it themselves
Listen to work your way around or round to something - to prepare yourself slowly for doing something
Listen to drive or work yourself into the ground - to make yourself tired or ill by working too hard
Listen to work your way up or to the top - to advance in a process or structure
Listen to work your fingers to the bone - to work extremely hard, especially for a long time
Listen to too much like hard work - describes an activity that you do not want to do because it needs a lot of effort
Listen to work till you drop - to work until you are so tired that you cannot work any more

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text:

Listen to Hundreds of thousands of Americans are finding themselves out of work following the wrath of the Hurricane Katrina.
Listen to Experts believe it will take months before people get back to work in hurricane-ravaged areas.
Listen to They are eager to work hard and help us meet our technical and project needs.
Listen to An accident at work is defined as "a discrete occurrence in the course of work which leads to physical or mental harm".
Listen to One year of experience in staff administrative work and graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration or related fields required.
Listen to No employee or applicant for work receives less favourable treatment because of sex, marital status or their disability.
Listen to When we talk about bullying at work we are referring to an abuse of power or position.
Listen to It can make employees lives a misery, affect their performance and damage their careers.
Listen to Illicit work, social security fraud, illegal employment and economic crime have always existed, but they are now on the increase.
Listen to Regular overtime can encourage inefficiency, because employees may slacken their pace of work to qualify for overtime.
Listen to Piece work is a variety of wage labour in which workers are paid per unit of production instead of by labour time.
Listen to Shift-work sleep disorder has been diagnosed in as many as 10% of shift workers.
Listen to This position requires the ability to work in a team environment to produce high quality products at the required volumes.


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