Business English

Business English Articles

Business English has its own, distinct characteristics. The vocabulary you need depends on the sector, and the culture of the business you are in. 

We will publish articles here that cover most general business situations.

With dictionary look up - double-click any word to find its definition.

Spotting and Preventing Professional Suicide

by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

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"This job is killing me!" That statement may seem to be an exaggeration, but in looking closely at the work environment, it has become apparent there is a serious malady affecting the productivity of organizations. This malady has been coined 'professional suicide,' by a company which was among the first to become aware of the problem.

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It seems multi-tasking is the flash word of the digital age. With a plethora of technology around us, gadgets and gizmos allow us to do many things at once. With hand-held mobile devices we can be listening to music, while text messaging a friend. All the while, we're watching a digital monitor at an airport to catch that flight to wherever we're going.

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Although it is hard work, and at first can be financially tough, setting up a small business is extremely satisfying. As your company develops from a simple idea into an economic reality, you will be able to learn a lot about the industry that you are working in, and also about yourself.

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With apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson for paraphrasing his quote , here’s an easy way to make your company stand out from the rest, in a good way or in a bad way.

It’s called consistency.

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The vast majority of job adverts call for ‘good communication skills’. It is a term that is used regularly in the workplace yet very few people understand this expression in full.

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Economies rely on a degree of overconfidence. There is a gap between present realities and future expectations without which there would be no enterprise, no investment, no credit, no commerce, and no currency.  However, at a certain point, the disconnection between reality and expectation becomes too great, and there is a need for a readjustment.   Recession is that readjustment.