Intermediate - You Are Fired!(0072)

A:  Hi Isabel! You wanted to see me?
B:  Yes Anthony, come on in. Have a seat.
A:  Is everything okay? You seem a bit preoccupied.
B:  Well, Anthony, this is not going to be an easy conversation. The company has made some decisions which will have a direct impact on your employment.
A:  Okay...
B:  I don't want to beat around the bush so I'm just gonna come out with it. We are going to have to let you go.
A:  What? Why? I mean... just like that? I'm fired?
B:  I'm sorry but, to be honest, you are a terrible employee!
A:  What! I resent that!
B:  Anthony, you were caught making international calls from the office phone, you called in sick in eight times this month and you smell like alcohol!

Key Vocabulary

preoccupiedAdjectiveworried; thinking about something else
directAdjectiveconnected to, related to
impactcommon noun, singularstrong influence or effect
beat around the bushphraseavoid saying something by talking about other things
come out with itphrasesay something directly
let (someone) gophrasehave someone fired or dismissed
to he honestphraseused to say something directly
resentphrasefind something very insulting
call in sickverbcall the office to say you can't come to work because you're sick

Supplementary Vocabulary

severance packagephrasemoney or benefits you give someone when they are fired
lay offverbend an employment because of business reasons, not performance
layoffscommon noun, pluralthe action of ending employment because of business reasons
dismissal lettercommon noun, singulara letter written to tell an employee his is fired
terminateverbend the employment of a person; fire