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新闻万花筒:BBC视角之如何判断一个雇员是否物有所值

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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg told delegates at a conference in Barcelona this week: "I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person." He added: "it's a pretty good test and I think this rule has served me well."

The suggestion, of course, is that without a synergy between employer and employee which Zuckerberg goes on to describe in terms of shared values and a confidence in decision making, it’s best not to hire at all, than to hire the wrong kind of person.

Human resources now plays a substantial role not only in the corporate sector but, increasingly, in the voluntary sector too. Hiring people is mostly about processes and compliance.

And most of us will be able to recall examples that we've heard of [or experienced at first hand as I’ve certainly done] of what happens when things don't work out. Any breakdown in relations between an employer and employee can inevitably result in stress and mutual personal angst. It can also have an undermining effect on any business or organisation.

The term “to hire someone” is of course an Americanism but, interestingly, the same verb has long been used to translate from the Greek original many of Jesus' parables which talk about work. Such stories are part of a greater teaching of what constitutes a happy and healthy society based on neighbourliness which does not exclude the workplace.

Work, in both the Old and New Testaments, is never described as best done in isolation. It is usually the antithesis of laziness or slothfulness. The emphasis instead is on the working together of employer and employee for mutual flourishing and the common good. Jesus couldn't be clearer when he says that good works create light and are always an example to others.

And going a step further, Jesus says that whatever you wish others would do to you, you should do to them. In the context of the contemporary workplace environment with its challenges and consequent stresses, this perhaps, is the greatest challenge of all.

Which is why I think Zuckerberg is possibly right to say there is no better starting point when hiring anyone than the old fashioned gut feeling.... is this going to work out well? Increasingly, in the modern workplace, that basic human connection is in danger of being lost altogether.

 

词汇解析

recruit

难度:4星核心词汇,属常用3000词

英汉解释

v.吸收(新成员);征兵;招聘

n.新成员;新兵

参考例句

用作动词 (v.)

We are having difficulties in recruiting well-qualified staff.

我们难以招募到素质好的职员。

用作名词 (n.)

This job presents many difficulties to the new recruit.

这件工作对那个新手来说困难重重。

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reputation

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

n.好名声;声誉,名声,名气

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.

这家商店因公平交易而获好名声。

He earned a high reputation for his learning.

他在学识方面享有很高的声誉。

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legislation

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

n.法律;法规;立法

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

The government will introduce legislation to restrict the sale of firearms.

政府将制定法规限制枪支出售。

The conservationists will not take kindly to the legislation.

自然资源保护论者对这项立法不会做出善意的反应。

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unity

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

n.整体;统一;一致;结合

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

These works, taken together, are essentially a unity.

这些作品,放在一起,基本上是一个整体。

The meeting is seen as the first step towards greater unity between the parties.

这一会议可视为两党走向进一步联合的第一步。

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sexual

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

adj.性的;性欲的;有性生殖的;性别的

参考例句

用作形容词 (adj.)

Her interest in him is purely sexual.

她对他感兴趣纯粹是因为性的原因。

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governor

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

n.统治者;管理者;理事;州长;总督;调节器

参考例句

用作名词 (n.)

The mob revolted against the governor.

暴民起来反抗统治者。

Heron's regulator, Drebbel's thermostat, and Watt's governor bestowed on their vessels a wisp of self-control, sensory awareness, and the awakening of anticipation.

海伦的调节器,德雷贝尔的恒温器,还有瓦特的调控器所给予他们的机器的,是一小束自我控制能力,感官上的醒觉状态,以及对预期能力的唤醒。

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conservative

难度:3星常用词汇,属常用6000词

英汉解释

adj.保守的;守旧的

n.保守派(党);保守的人

参考例句

用作形容词 (adj.)

The professor's a radical in politics but a conservative dresser.

教授在政治上是激进派,但衣着却很守旧。

用作名词 (n.)

He listed himself as a conservative.

他自称是一个保守主义者。

 

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