- acknowledged /ak-NOL-ijd/
- shake-up /SHEYK-uhp/
- spare /spair/
- workplace /WURK-PLEYS/
- bonding /BON-ding/
[adjective] – known or accepted by many people
He is the acknowledged leader of a political party.
[noun] – a large change in the way something is organized
The arrival of the new manager caused a thorough shake-up of their company.
[verb] – to prevent someone from having to experience something unpleasant
Fortunately, I was spared the embarrassment of having to perform in front of everyone.
[noun] – a building or room where people perform their jobs, or these places generally
Computers have brought dramatic changes to the workplace.
[noun] – the process by which a close emotional relationship is developed
Those first few weeks are essential for the mother and infant to have bonding.
The mandatory fun of the pre-pandemic era has been effectively banished for more than two years, thanks to a major shake-up in company culture. Birthday cupcakes, team happy hours, and forced “fun” events were no longer required due to the pandemic. Of course, many people have participated in a virtual team-building exercise or a Zoom happy hour. On the other hand, workers have been spared the required monthly birthday celebrations, after-hours drinks, and outings. Even as some organizations call employees back to work, “fun” at work is no longer what it once was. Furthermore, due to a pandemic-driven realignment of priorities, many people want to be home with their families as soon as possible after work.
While the mandatory office party may be on its way out, a new type of workplace fun is more necessary than ever. People desire to attend events, which help to encourage team bonding and give individuals who choose to work remotely a cause to reconnect with their colleagues. Employees attend events because they want to, not because their arm is twisted.
- What is a great extracurricular activity you do? Could you tell me more about it?
- What activities do you miss doing but you cannot do because of the pandemic?
- If you were to suggest something to make working fun today, what would it be? Why?
- Do you support the idea of requiring employees to attend a Zoom happy hour?
- What activity is a key to reconnect with colleagues? Please elaborate on your answer.