Advice for Employees & Job Opening – IELTS General Reading Passage

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 15-27 which are based on the text below.

GT Reading: “Advice for Employees” & “Job Opening”

Read the passage below and answer Questions 15-19.

Advice for Employees

Safe computer use
Most people suffer no ill-effects from using VDUs (Visual Display Units) as they don’t give out harmful levels of radiation and rarely cause any kind of skin complaint. If you do suffer ill-effects, it may be because of the way you’re using the computer and this can be avoided by well-designed workstations. When working at a VDU, make sure you keep a good posture and that your eyes are level with the screen.

Under health and safety regulations your employer should look at VDU workstations, and reduce any risks by supplying any equipment considered necessary (e.g. a wrist rest). They should also provide health and safety training. This also applies if you’re working at home as an employee and using a VDU for a long period of time. There is no legal limit to how long you should work at a VDU, but under health and safety regulations you have the right to breaks from work using a VDU. This doesn’t have to be a rest break, just a different type of work. Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests it’s better to take frequent short breaks but if your job means spending long periods at a VDU, for example as in the case of data input, then longer breaks from your workstation should be introduced.

If you’re disabled, your employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for you may mean that they will provide you with special computer equipment. You can also get advice and maybe help with paying for equipment from the local job centre.

Studies haven’t shown a link between VDU use and damage to eyesight, but if you feel that using a VDU screen is making your eyes tired, tell your employee safety representative. You have the right to a free eyesight test if you use a VDU a lot during work hours. If you’re prescribed glasses your company must pay for them, provided they’re required in your job.

If you have any health problems you think may be caused by your VDU, contact your line manager. He/she has a duty to consult you on health and safety issues that affect you, and should welcome early reporting of any issue.

Questions 15-19

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 10-14 on your answer sheet.

15. It is unusual to get a ……………………. as a result of using computers.
16. Employers may be required to provide you with items such as a ……………………. to use while at work.
17. If your job involves tasks such as ……………………. , the advice from the HSE may not apply.
18. Financial assistance in the case of special requirements may be available from the …………………….
19. Any concerns about the effect of using a VDU on your general well-being should be reported to ……………………. .

Read the text and answer Questions 20-27.

Job Opening

1. The Vitamin Shoppe: 1,946 part-time openings.
The Vitamin Shoppe is a New Jersey-based retailer of nutritional supplements. They also operate stores in Canada under the name “VitaPath”. The company provides approximately 8,000 different SKU’s of supplements through its retail stores and over 20,000 different SKU’s of supplements through its online retail websites.

Employee Review: “Good growth opportunities and stores opening all over the US all year ’round. Company based out of NJ, so more progressive policies on employment and benefits. Good vacation, health, and dental benefits. Payment is above average. Good policies on customer service interaction as well. Focus on Customer service vs. pushing products.”

2. Chipotle: 1,553 part-time openings.
Chipotle is known for its use of organic meats throughout its more than 1,500 restaurants, which are located in 45 states. Since having been founded in 1993, the chain has since exploded and now counts some 37,000 employees. It is a pioneer in the “fast casual” dining movement.

Employee Review: “The people I work with are awesome and the food is good. It pays my bills and makes me laugh. The schedule is super flexible but it’s a lot of work. If you’re looking for something easy and laid back, keep looking.”

3. Advantage Sales & Marketing: 1,742 part-time openings.
Advantage Sales & Marketing provides outsourced sales, merchandising, and marketing services to consumer goods and food product manufacturers and suppliers. Owning more than 65 offices in the US and Canada, ASM does merchandising for 1,200 clients — including Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Unilever, Energizer.

Employee Review: “Long lasting business, able to adapt to changes in the market. Well-thought-out schedule, and flexible time off for both vacation and illness.”

4. PSA Healthcare: 1,295 part-time openings.
PSA Healthcare, also known as Pediatric Services of America, provides comprehensive home health services through a branch of office across the United States. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

Employee Review: “I love working one-on-one with the pediatric patient and their families. You have the time needed to give a great compassionate care! Office staff and supervisors are very good with both employees and clients. There is a lot of flexibility with staffing. I never received grief for requesting a day off.”

Questions 20-27

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write the correct letter in boxes 20–27 on your answer sheet.

20. Which offer has the most part-time openings?
      A Chipotle
      B PSA Healthcare
      C The Vitamin Shoppe
      D Advantage Sales & Marketing

21. Which of these companies operate both in USA and Canada?
      A The Vitamin Shoppe and Advantage Sales & Marketing
      B PSA Healthcare and Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C Chipotle and PSA Healthcare
      D PSA Healthcare and The Vitamin Shoppe

22. Which company was founded in 1993?
      A The Vitamin Shoppe
      B Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C PSA Healthcare
      D Chipotle

23. The main office of which company is situated in Atlanta?
      A The Vitamin Shoppe
      B PSA Healthcare
      C Chipotle
      D Advantage Sales & Marketing

24. VitaPath is the other name of which company?
      A PSA Healthcare
      B Chipotle
      C The Vitamin Shoppe
      D Advantage Sales & Marketing

25. Which review doesn’t mention a comfortable timetable?
      A Chipotle
      B Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C The Vitamin Shoppe
      D PSA Healthcare

26. Which company is described as a long lasting business?
      A PSA Healthcare
      B Advantage Sales & Marketing
      C Universal Protection Service
      D Chipotle

27. Organic meat is used by what company?
      A Chipotle
      B The Vitamin Shoppe
      C Advantage Sales & Marketing
      D None of them

15. skin complaint
16. wrist rest
17. data input
18. local job centre// job centre
19. your line manager
20. C
21. A
22. D
23. B
24. C
25. C
26. B
27. A