Adverbs of Frequency- Business Culture

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Business culture in your country- Adverbs of frequency expressions discuss and 
agree
Use frequency expressions like “Once or twice a year” and “Almost never” to make 
general statements about business culture in your country. You can also make statements 
about smaller groups of people such as middle managers, directors or male office 
workers. 

Possible topics
Arguing with managers

Asking for pay rises

Attending meetings and saying nothing

Attention to detail

Being direct (= say exactly what they mean)

Being indirect/ Be diplomatic

Bodily contact (shaking hands, hugs, patting on the back, etc)

Bowing

Brainstorming in meetings

Bullying

Business card holder

Celebrating employees’ birthdays

Chatting at the beginning of business meetings

Closing down group companies which are unsuccessful

Company structures (flat, hierarchical, etc)

Continuous improvement

Criticising other employees

Dealing with unnecessary staff

Decision making (making decisions before meetings, in meetings, by consensus, etc)

Demoting people

Doing overtime

Doing unpaid overtime

Downsizing 

Drinking down in one

Drinks in meetings

Early retirement

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Efficiency

Employing inexperienced graduate recruits

Employing people who already have experience

Expanding into many unconnected kinds of business

Eye contact

Figurehead managers

Finishing conversations

Firing people (= Sacking people = Dismissing people)

First names

Getting drunk

Getting stressed

Giving gifts to business contacts

Giving reasons when apologising/ dealing with complaints

Going drinking with clients

Going drinking with colleagues

Going off topic in meetings

Going on holiday together

Going over your boss’s head

Going to colleagues’ houses for dinner

Golf

Having close relationships with the government

Humour

Independent directors

Interrupting/ Talking over each other

Job titles (specific or not, etc)

Leaders (personality, background, etc)

Making employees take language exams (TOEIC etc)

Management track

MBAs

Negotiating your own pay

Networking

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Overtime (paid, unpaid, amount, etc)

Performance-related pay

Position of women

Public holidays

Putting short-term profit first

Quitting (over matters of principle, to set up your own start-up, etc)

Reading business books 

Retirement

Sending employees to work for different group companies or suppliers

Seniority-based pay or promotion

Silence (thinking in silence, pauses between people speaking, etc)

Small talk (length, topics, situations, etc)

Snacks in meetings

Socialising with other employees’ families

Starting meetings on time

Staying in one company for life

Taking holidays (taking all the available time)

Taking risks

Temp staff

Toasting 

Trade unions

Training (on the job, outside, paid, subsidized, etc)

Unnecessary meetings

Voting

Whistleblowers

Working too hard

Work-life balance

Xmas or New Year parties

Homework
Write a ten-sentence description of business culture in your country for a foreign employee
who is going to move to the office in your country, dealing with the most important topics. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015