A Day in the Life of an HR Employee

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I May 30, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
This American English resource emphasizes the significance and duties of an HR department in an organization.

Lesson Overview

Are there any questions? Let's get you on board! In this lesson, students will delve into the diverse duties and responsibilities of an HR department employee. The session features a video that offers insights into the daily tasks of an HR professional and highlights the critical role that the HR department plays in an organization. Throughout the lesson, students will acquire and practice vocabulary related to the topic. With an array of engaging discussion activities and meticulously designed worksheets, this lesson is tailored for both adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will watch and listen to a video discussing a day in the life of an HR employee. This activity will help them understand the daily tasks and responsibilities within an HR department, improving listening comprehension and familiarizing them with HR-related vocabulary.

  • Speaking: Participants will engage in discussions about the roles and challenges faced by HR professionals. This will encourage them to express their thoughts and opinions on the subject, enhancing their spoken English skills and confidence in discussing workplace scenarios.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce terms and phrases related to human resources and workplace management, such as "performance management," "executive coaching," and "strategy meeting." Students will practice using these words in context, expanding their business English skills.

  • Homework: Students will work on exercises that help them understand the daily work of HR employees. They will fill in missing words, fix mistakes in sentences about HR jobs, and pick the right answers for questions about what HR does. These activities are designed to help them learn HR-related words and get a better idea of what HR workers do every day.


What is the first thing you do in the morning before work? Do you have meetings with your manager throughout the day? Watch this video to learn about the daily tasks and responsibilities of an HR employee.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

get someone on board [idiom]: in agreement with a particular course of action, especially so that you get involved with it
HR [noun]: human resources; the division of a business that is charged with finding, recruiting, screening, and training job applicant
link [noun]: a relationship between two things or situations, especially where one affects the other
ad [noun]: an advertisement
recruitment [noun]: the process of actively seeking out, finding, and hiring candidates for a specific position or job
disciplinary [adjective]: connected with the punishment of people who break rules
payroll [noun]: a list of a company's employees and the amount of money they are to be paid
performance [noun]: how a member of staff fulfills the duties of their role, completes required tasks, and behaves in the workplace
objective [noun]: something that you plan to do or achieve
team building [noun]: the action or process of causing a group of people to work together effectively as a team, especially by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation
promotion [noun]: the action of promoting someone or something to a higher position or rank or the fact of being so promoted
appraisal [noun]: an act of assessing something or someone; evaluation
set up [verb]: organize or plan something; build structure or put it in place
handle [verb]: manage (a situation or problem)
internal [adjective]: of or situated on the inside; inner or within something
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