The Reading / Listening - Business Suit - Level 2

More companies around the world are letting staff not wear a suit and tie. In the past, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. Today, this is becoming less important. Companies want their workers to dress more casually. Staff will feel more relaxed and work harder. The latest international company to relax its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It asked its workers to "exercise good judgment" in deciding what to wear. It said the change was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment".



Some business people think more casual dress is not good. The founder of the investment company 7IM said not wearing a suit could give a bad image to clients. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not expect to hand over my pension to someone in jeans....It may be old-fashioned but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress sloppily, that is how your brand will be perceived." Companies like Google let staff dress casually and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Business Suit - Level 0 Business Suit - Level 1   or  Business Suit - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47466819
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-work-goldman-sachs/suits-and-ties-now-optional-goldman-sachs-hedges-dress-code
  • https://fox8.com/2019/03/07/goldman-sachs-other-companies-loosening-traditional-dress-code/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. In
  2. this is becoming
  3. feel more relaxed and
  4. relax its dress
  5. exercise good
  6. deciding what
  7. the changing nature
  8. in favor of a more casual
  1. judgment
  2. to wear
  3. environment
  4. work harder
  5. of workplaces
  6. code
  7. less important
  8. the past

Paragraph 2

  1. give a bad
  2. You're looking after
  3. hand over my pension to
  4. I think it would
  5. If you let people dress
  6. how your brand will
  7. let staff
  8. wear jeans and T-shirts
  1. be dangerous
  2. dress casually
  3. sloppily
  4. to the office
  5. image to clients
  6. someone in jeans
  7. be perceived
  8. people's money

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

More companies (1) ___________________ are letting staff not wear a suit and tie. (2) ___________________, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. Today, this is becoming less important. Companies (3) ___________________ to dress more casually. Staff will feel more relaxed and work harder. The latest international company to (4) ___________________ code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It asked its workers to "exercise good judgment" (5) ___________________ to wear. It said the change was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in (6) ___________________ more casual environment".

Some (7) ___________________ more casual dress is not good. The founder of the investment company 7IM said not wearing a suit could give (8) ___________________ to clients. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not (9) ___________________ over my pension to someone in jeans....It may (10) ___________________ but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress sloppily, that is (11) ___________________ will be perceived." Companies like Google let (12) ___________________ and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Morecompaniesaroundtheworldarelettingstaffnotwearasuitandtie.I
nthepast,mostbusinesspeopleandofficeworkershadtowearbusiness
clothes.Today,thisisbecominglessimportant.Companieswanttheirw
orkerstodressmorecasually.Staffwillfeelmorerelaxedandworkharde
r.Thelatestinternationalcompanytorelaxitsdresscodeistheinvestme
ntbankGoldmanSachs.Itaskeditsworkersto"exercisegoodjudgment
"indecidingwhattowear.Itsaidthechangewasdueto"thechangingnat
ureofworkplacesgenerallyinfavorofamorecasualenvironment".Som
ebusinesspeoplethinkmorecasualdressisnotgood.Thefounderofthei
nvestmentcompany7IMsaidnotwearingasuitcouldgiveabadimageto
clients.Hesaid:"You'relookingafterpeople'smoney,soyoushouldbeh
aveanddressrespectfully.Iwouldnotexpecttohandovermypensionto
someoneinjeans....Itmaybeold-fashionedbutIthinkitwouldbedang
erousforabusinesstodothat."Headded:"Ifyouletpeopledresssloppily
,thatishowyourbrandwillbeperceived."CompanieslikeGoogleletstaff
dresscasuallyandwearjeansandT-shirtstotheoffice.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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