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What are managers for?

Do you have a boss like this?

David Brent - a fictional manager in the TV series 'The Office'

We have all experienced working for a manager - or a boss. There are so many of them! In the UK there are over 5 million of them.

In this week's programme, Rob and Finn discuss what managers are for, ask if there are too many of them and wonder if some job titles make people look like a manager - when really they are not.

Listen out for words and phrases to do with being a manager and management.

This week's question:

Who was the world's highest paid football manager in 2012? Was it:

a) Sir Alex Ferguson

b) Jose Mourinho

c) Fabio Copello

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


What are managers for?

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to boss you around

to tell you what to do


making you feel enthusiastic and encouraged in what you are doing

financial rewards

money/ pay

organisational skills

ability to plan and make decisions so that things go well

people skills

ability to deal with people in a friendly and fair way that achieves good results


the way people are arranged in a company according to their importance

middle manager

person whose position is in the middle of the management structure at a company

job title

the name that is given to your role at work

train manager

someone who sells tickets and deals with passengers on a train

office manager

someone who looks after the day-to-day administration and running of the office

IT manager

someone who deals with computers and computer systems

career ladder

a series of jobs that a person does through their working life, starting with the lowest paid jobs with least responsibility, moving job by job to increasingly senior positions


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