The Reading / Listening - De-stressing - Level 1

Nike gave its office workers a week-long holiday to help them de-stress from worries over the COVID-19 pandemic. The sportswear giant closed its offices so workers could "enjoy additional time off to rest and recover". A senior manager at Nike said: "Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message – take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's stores did not close. Store workers worked as usual.

The manager said: "Taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane. This past year has been rough. We're all human and living through a traumatic event." He added that caring for workers would have a positive impact on the company. He said the holiday was to show that Nike cares about mental health. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to do."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    De-stressing - Level 0 De-stressing - Level 2   or  De-stressing - Level 3

Sources
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nike-closes-offices-one-week-163533653.html
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/do-not-work-nike-closed-its-corporate-offices-for-a-week-giving-employees-a-break-to-help-them-avoid-burnout/ar-AANUnZF
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/aug/31/nike-closes-head-office-bumble-covid-pandemic


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a week-
  2. enjoy additional time
  3. senior
  4. sending a clear
  5. take the time to
  6. spend time with your
  7. Nike's stores did
  8. Store workers worked
  1. loved ones
  2. leaders
  3. as usual
  4. off
  5. not close
  6. message
  7. unwind
  8. long holiday

Paragraph 2

  1. Taking time for rest
  2. key to performing
  3. staying
  4. This past year has
  5. We're all
  6. living through a
  7. have a positive
  8. it's also the right
  1. been rough
  2. traumatic event
  3. well
  4. impact
  5. thing to do
  6. sane
  7. and recovery
  8. human

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nike (1) ___________________ workers a week-long holiday to help them de-stress (2) ___________________ the COVID-19 pandemic. The sportswear (3) ___________________ offices so workers could "enjoy additional time (4) ___________________ and recover". A senior manager at Nike said: "Our senior leaders are all sending (5) ___________________ - take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's stores did not close. Store workers (6) ___________________.

The manager said: "Taking time for rest and (7) ___________________ to performing well and staying sane. This past year (8) ___________________. We're all human and living through (9) ___________________." He added that caring for workers would have (10) ___________________ on the company. He said the holiday (11) ___________________ that Nike cares about mental health. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the (12) ___________________ do."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Nikegaveitsofficeworkersaweek-longholidaytohelpthemde-stressf
romworriesovertheCOVID-19pandemic.Thesportsweargiantclose
ditsofficessoworkerscould"enjoyadditionaltimeofftorestandrecover
".AseniormanageratNikesaid:"Ourseniorleadersareallsendingaclear
message-takethetimetounwind,de-stressandspendtimewithyourlo
vedones.Donotwork.Nike'sstoresdidnotclose.Storeworkersworkeda
susual.Themanagersaid:"Takingtimeforrestandrecoveryiskeytoper
formingwellandstayingsane.Thispastyearhasbeenrough.We'reallhu
manandlivingthroughatraumaticevent."Headdedthatcaringforwork
erswouldhaveapositiveimpactonthecompany.Hesaidtheholidaywas
toshowthatNikecaresaboutmentalhealth.Hewrote:"Supportyourpe
ople.It'sgoodbusiness,butit'salsotherightthingtodo."

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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