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    Default Atmosphere (definition)

    When we say "We work well together", "It's a really relaxed company", etc., what are we referring to? The ...

    work climate
    working atmosphere or
    working environment

    Thanks to anyone who can help.

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    Default Re: Atmosphere (definition)

    I'd say 'working environment'. I'd use 'atmosphere' for a shorter-term- the atmosphere at work was dreadful today.

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    Default Re: Atmosphere (definition)

    Thanks. Yes, I could see that now. Good explanation.

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    Default Re: Atmosphere (definition)

    I just started thinking about your explanation there, tdol.

    Would it then not be a good idea to write

    "There isn't a good atmosphere at work - everyone is fearing a dismissal roundup".

    (this would be more short-term than long, even though these roundups could be periodic but they would be of short duration each time).

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    Red face Re: Atmosphere (definition)

    Hi folks,
    To me, it all depends on what your ultimate goal is.
    The working environment is quite general - it could refer to your colleagues and/or the physical environment.
    The working atsmosphere appears to refer to the actual place of work - what it's like on a day-to-day basis.
    The working climate could refer to both, and is, to a certain extent, interchangeable. It depends on what follows in the sentence.
    Cheers,
    Dippit

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    Default Re: Atmosphere (definition)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nordic Bill
    Would it then not be a good idea to write

    "There isn't a good atmosphere at work - everyone is fearing a dismissal roundup".

    (this would be more short-term than long, even though these roundups could be periodic but they would be of short duration each time).
    Yep

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