Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

hands-on

hands-on
Meaning(s)
1) involving active personal involvement
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    • hands-on training/experience/manager
  • Analysis

    To be ‘hands-on’ means to be involved in something in a personal or tactile way. A ‘hands-on’ management style is one in where the managers are personally involved in the day-to-day decisions, for example. You might describe someone as a ‘hands-on’ parent if they are involved in lots of parts of their children’s lives. You can use this expression in social and professional contexts.


  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. On her first day at the factory, Kate was provided with hands-on training on how to use the machinery. Practical learning suited her much better than theory work.
    2. Brenda is very much a hands-on manager. She likes to micromanage every aspect of a task rather than simply delegating roles to her staff.
    3. Nowadays, a lot of employers are more interested in hiring staff with hands-on experience in their chosen profession rather than simply looking for those with academic qualifications. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I am not great at learning theory, I am more of a hands-on kinesthetic learner.
    2. My wife and I are very hands-on parents we both spend time with the children equally.
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