Etiquette in the Workplace?

Etiquette can be defined as “a code of behaviour that delineates expectations for social behaviour according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.”

In the group setting of a Community College, where students are training to be “futuready”, are we doing enough to ensure that our students are truly job ready?

Are we doing enough to ensure that we are setting expectations for social behaviour?  Is our manner professional and do we set the bar high enough for students in this academic setting?  How do we dress?  How do we speak?  How do we behave towards each other and to

Judy-Anne Sleep and Elaine Logie, students from the Career Consultant Certificate Program

Judy-Anne Sleep and Elaine Logie, students from the Career Consultant Certificate Program

the students that we deal with?

If we set the expectations, how do we address inappropriate speech or inappropriate e-mails?  There are many instances where the Student Code of Conduct is not contravened, so how do we deal with that?

Is it appropriate to allow swearing?  It is certainly not appropriate to allow any racial comments, but what about swearing?  If it is tolerated in the workplace, should it be allowed in the classroom and hallways?  Or, is it tolerated in the workplace?

In most business settings it is not tolerated and is seen as unprofessional conduct.  College employees should do their part to address inappropriate and unprofessional comments.  College students should know that it is not considered professional, moral or necessary.

Within the college environment, the classroom should be a trial run for a student’s future career.  Students should be expected to come to class on time, dressed appropriately, and behave in class in a non-disruptive, professional manner that is conducive to learning and working.

We should be encouraging students to express themselves in a way that makes one appear professional and job ready.

That’s the graduate I want to hire!

Judy-Anne Sleep is a student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. MCACESblogs is a series of posts by students for fellow job seekers. For more information about MCACESblogs, please contact Lidia Siino at lidia.siino@mohawkcollege.ca.

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