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Ridiculous Requests

Work becoming more demanding with ridiculous demands.

1 Pre-reading

See if you can invent a ridiculous work-related request for each of the workers below.

For example: All postal workers must sing whilst delivering letters.

2 Reading I

Read the article once and compare your ideas from the Pre-reading activity.

3 Reading II

Read the article again. Then, match the sentence beginnings (1 to 5) with the endings (a-e).

1. Postal workers have been told to…

2. In one company, all office supplies were…

3. A receptionist had to test pens to see that…

4. At one company, employees had to sign a book…

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (193) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 15 useful slang expressions. Plus, 10 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 10 expressions for talking about seafood, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Technology – eReaders. • Work – ridiculous requests. • Language – how to speak English. • Culture – festivals. • Travel – Poland. • Legends – Robin Hood. • Hollywood – Russell Croew & Cate Blanchett. • Business – dishonest salespeople. • Crime – cheats. • Cuisine – fish pie. • History – pirates. • Music – Chopin. • Accents – the Polish English accent. • Business skills – how to negotiate. • Current events – modern-day pirates. • Language – situational irony. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!