Unit 2: Vocabulary

To pass this unit, please study the 15 vocabulary words below.
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admin (administration)
the activities involved in managing or organizing a business
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Mr Sachs's personal assistant does all his admin work for him.
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cubicle
a small office space with temporary walls around it
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The junior members of staff have cubicles and the senior members have offices.
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department
a part of an organization or company which deals with a particular area
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The sales department are one of the most important departments in the company.
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dress code
a set of rules describing what employees can and cannot wear
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The company dress code states that you should wear a blue or white shirt.
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file
to store information in a careful or particular way
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It took a long time to find the information as someone filed it in the wrong place.
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filing cabinet
a large piece of furniture used for holding paper documents
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All of the records for last year are in the filing cabinet on your left.
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fill in for
to substitute or replace someone for a short time
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Mary will fill in for you while you are on holiday.
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in charge of
responsible for someone or something
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Mark is in charge of customer service so you need to speak with him.
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open-plan
not divided by walls
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Open-plan offices offer both advantages and disadvantages.
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orientation
an introduction meeting or training session
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You will learn about the company, it's staff and your duties during orientation.
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paperwork
the part of the job involved with writing letters, reports or records
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There is a lot less paperwork now that most things are done on the computer.
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photocopier
a machine used for making copies of documents
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I'm sorry I cannot copy that now. The photocopier is broken again.
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put somebody through
to direct somebody's phone call to the correct person
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The receptionist answered the call and put the caller through to the correct department.
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shred
to completely destroy a paper document using a special machine
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As we deal with some very sensitive information, all documents must be shredded.
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white-collar
relating to people who work in offices
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There are two separate canteens in the factory, one for white-collar workers and one for the production line staff.
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