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TEST ONE : COMPANIES AND WORK
Durée : 1 heure 30
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I. COMPRÉHENSION (10 points)
A l'examen, il était demandé aux candidats de rédiger en FRANÇAIS une présentation du texte ci-dessous (introduction, idées principales, conclusion) en 190 mots (+ ou -10%).
Ici vous lirez ce texte et répondez simplement aux questions ci-après en français.

HRMANAGERS TACKLE ISSUE OF PROPER DRESS
Ties and suits have been replaced by the new business casual dress style at many North Carolina companies. While the change has been attributed to helping break down workplace barriers and fostering creativity, it can be challenging for companies seeking to maintain a professional appearance. That challenge has placed more demands on human resource departments todefine what is - and is not - allowed in the modern workplace. "The image of the person must be in touch with the image of the entire company," says the vice president of human resources with SpectraSite Communications. "Each company has a different environment and the dress codes must be customized to fit that setting."
The relaxing of office dress standards seemed to coincide with theexplosion of computer companies in the 1980s. Creativity and originality were more valued among young computer designers than were three-piece suits. The founding of the dot-com companies further promoted the idea of casual dress for creative thinking. Many companies have eliminated coats, ties and suits, but reject blue jeans and T-shirts. Some started allowing casual dress on Fridays and then slowly letit creep into the rest of the work week.
Giving up formal business dress has been favourably linked with employee performance and the elimination of some barriers among various levels of employees. If people dress the same in companies, there tends to be better communication among the different ranks of employees.
A manager loosened the dress code at his company, aiming at improving businessrelationships with clients. "The dress codes of most of our customers have changed to a more casual style," he says. "I felt wearing a tie was actually creating barriers between us and our customers."
Most companies rely on their employees' good judgment to dress appropriately for a sales call or meeting, although human resource directors agree that sometimes, especially in the summer, employeescan push business casual too far.
As more college students enter the workplace, more companies are also having to deal with the recent fad for tattoos and body piercings. Students are advised to cover tattoos and remove jewelry besides women's earrings, before going to a job interview. Conservative, professional business suits are still the correct interview attire, and female students areencouraged to wear 30 skirts.
Abridged and adapted from The Triangle Business Journal (North Carolina), July 2, 2004.

Chaque question vaut pour un point

1. De quel phénomène parle-t-on dans cet article?

Cet article parle de l’abandon progressif du code vestimentaire chez les employés des entreprises, pour porter des vêtements plus communs et moins élégants.

2. Que nous apprend la source dudocument? Mettez-la en relation avec le premier paragraphe

Le fait que ce texte provienne du « Triangle Business Journal » qui est un célèbre journal des affaires et du commerce aux Etats-Unis, nous montre que ces informations sont fiables et que l’auteur maîtrise le sujet qu’il aborde. Cela nous explique également la présence de deux phrases prononcées par une personnalité telle que levice-président des ressources humaines de SpectraSite Communication Inc.

3. A quoi contribue le changement de tenue vestimentaire? (2 éléments de réponse)

Le changement de tenue vestimentaire a favorisé les relations entre les employés n’appartenant pas à la même hiérarchie. Il a également contribué à l’établissement d’une communication plus facile entre employés et clients.

4. Quel en est...
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